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hon·es·ty

 (ŏn′ĭ-stē)
n. pl. hon·es·ties
1. The quality or condition of being honest; integrity.
2. Truthfulness; sincerity: in all honesty.
3. Archaic Chastity.
4. Botany A Eurasian plant (Lunaria annua) in the mustard family, cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round, flat, papery, silver-white seedpods. Also called money plant, satin flower.

honesty

(ˈɒnɪstɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the condition of being honest
2. sincerity or fairness
3. archaic virtue or respect
4. (Plants) Also called: lunary, moonwort or satinpod a purple-flowered SE European plant, Lunaria annua, cultivated for its flattened silvery pods, which are used for indoor decoration: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

hon•es•ty

(ˈɒn ə sti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. uprightness; integrity; trustworthiness.
2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3. freedom from deceit or fraud.
4. a plant, Lunaria annua, of the mustard family, having clusters of purple flowers and semitransparent satiny pods.
5. Obs. chastity.
[1300–50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās, irreg. derivative of honestus. See honest, -ty2]
syn: See honor.

Honesty

 

See Also: RELIABILITY/UNRELIABILITY

  1. Clean as a hound’s hind leg —William Beechcroft
  2. Honest as bread —Mollie Hardwick
  3. Honesty is a compulsion swinging a heavy sword like loving —Marge Piercy
  4. Honesty is like an icicle; if once it melts that is the end of it —Anon
  5. Incorruptible as a statue —Jean Garrigue
  6. Law-abiding as a cow —G. K. Chesterton
  7. (I’m totally legit.) Legal as a Jesuit —Jay Parini
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honesty - the quality of being honest
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
scrupulousness - conformity to high standards of ethics or excellence
integrity - moral soundness; "he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business"; "they admired his scrupulous professional integrity"
incorruption, incorruptness - characterized by integrity or probity
incorruptibility - the incapability of being corrupted
candidness, candour, forthrightness, frankness, directness, candor - the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
good faith, straightness - having honest intentions; "he acted in good faith"; "doubt was expressed as to the good faith of the immigrants"
truthfulness - the quality of being truthful
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
2.honesty - southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decorationhonesty - southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration
genus Lunaria, Lunaria - small genus of European herbs: honesty
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

honesty

noun
2. frankness, openness, sincerity, candour, bluntness, outspokenness, genuineness, plainness, straightforwardness Good communication encourages honesty in a relationship.
Quotations
"No legacy is so rich as honesty" [William Shakespeare All's Well That Ends Well]
"Honesty's a fool" [William Shakespeare Othello]
"Honesty is a fine jewel, but much out of fashion" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"Honesty is praised, then left to shiver" [Juvenal Satires]
Proverbs
"Honesty is the best policy"

honesty

noun
1. The quality of being honest:
2. Moral or ethical strength:
Translations
أَمَانَةشَرَف، صِدْق
poctivostupřímnost
ærlighed
rehellisyys
iskrenost
heiîarleiki
正直
정직
poštenje
ärlighet
ความซื่อสัตย์
lòng trung thực

honesty

[ˈɒnɪstɪ]
A. N
1. (= sincerity) → sinceridad f
I admire his honestyadmiro su sinceridad
in all honestypara ser sincero or franco ...
honesty is the best policylo mejor es ir con la sinceridad por delante
2. (= trustworthiness) → honradez f, honestidad f
B. CPD honesty box N caja donde se deposita el dinero para pagar algo cuando no hay nadie para recogerlo en persona

honesty

[ˈɒnɪsti] n
(= integrity) → honnêteté f
(= frankness) → honnêteté f
(emphasis) in all honesty → en toute honnêteté

honesty

n
(= truthfulness)Ehrlichkeit f; (= being law-abiding, decent)Redlichkeit f; in all honestyganz ehrlich; one must admit, in all honesty, …man muss ehrlicherweise zugeben, …; honesty is the best policy (Prov) → ehrlich währt am längsten (Prov)
(Bot) → Mondviole f, → Silberblatt nt, → Judassilberling m (inf)

honesty

[ˈɒnɪstɪ] n
a.onestà
in all honesty → a voler essere or per essere proprio sincero/a
b. (Bot) → monete fpl del Papa

honest

(ˈonist) adjective
1. (of people or their behaviour, statements etc) truthful; not cheating, stealing etc. My secretary is absolutely honest; Give me an honest opinion.
2. (of a person's appearance) suggesting that he is honest. an honest face.
3. (of wealth etc) not gained by cheating, stealing etc. to earn an honest living.
ˈhonestly adverb
1. in an honest way. He gained his wealth honestly.
2. used to stress the truth of what a person is saying. Honestly, that's exactly what he said; I honestly don't think it's possible.
interjection
used to express mild anger etc. Honestly! That was a stupid thing to do!
ˈhonesty noun
Surely, if you own up to something, you should be praised for your honesty, not punished.

honesty

أَمَانَة poctivost ærlighed Ehrlichkeit ειλικρίνεια honradez rehellisyys honnêteté iskrenost onestà 正直 정직 eerlijkheid ærlighet uczciwość honestidade честность ärlighet ความซื่อสัตย์ dürüstlük lòng trung thực 诚实
References in classic literature ?
Notwithstanding the symptoms of habitual suspicion, his countenance was not only without guile, but at the moment at which he is introduced, it was charged with an expression of sturdy honesty.
She could not meet those honest eyes with less than equal honesty.
He would conceive the mansion to have been the residence of the stubborn old Puritan, Integrity, who, dying in some forgotten generation, had left a blessing in all its rooms and chambers, the efficacy of which was to be seen in the religion, honesty, moderate competence, or upright poverty and solid happiness, of his descendants, to this day.
My support in the presence of disaster would be the same as it had been in my early need of confidence, and if my friend would answer for my honesty, I would answer for all the rest.
It may have been a flash of honesty in him; or mere prudential policy which, under the circumstance, imperiously forbade the slightest symptom of open disaffection, however transient, in the important chief officer of his ship.
Yes, Tom, we must confess it, was rather proud of his honesty, poor fellow,--not having very much else to be proud of;--if he had belonged to some of the higher walks of society, he, perhaps, would never have been reduced to such straits.
Shall we not have the advantage of this wisdom and honesty, nevertheless?
But he had fancied her in love with him; that evidently must have been his dependence; and after raving a little about the seeming incongruity of gentle manners and a conceited head, Emma was obliged in common honesty to stop and admit that her own behaviour to him had been so complaisant and obliging, so full of courtesy and attention, as (supposing her real motive unperceived) might warrant a man of ordinary observation and delicacy, like Mr.
She had little difficulty in understanding thus much of her rival's intentions, and while she was firmly resolved to act by her as every principle of honour and honesty directed, to combat her own affection for Edward and to see him as little as possible; she could not deny herself the comfort of endeavouring to convince Lucy that her heart was unwounded.
Her hard featured face; her masculine readiness and decision of movement; her obstinate honesty of look and manner, all proclaimed her border birth and border training.
If you make a brag of your honesty to me,' said the tinker, 'I'll knock your brains out.
Moreover, he had a swarthy foreignness of complexion which boded little honesty.