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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 ?
Such skill, the skill of technique, is more than honesty; it is something wider, embracing honesty and grace and rule in an elevated and clear sentiment, not altogether utilitarian, which may be called the honour of labour.
All I profess, and all I require of my brethren, is to maintain the same strict honesty among ourselves which the mob show to one another.
Horses turned loose Preparations for winter quarters Hungry times Nez Perces, their honesty, piety, pacific habits, religious ceremonies Captain Bonneville's conversations with them Their love of gambling
I said to her: "Honour's always been honour, and honesty honesty, in Manson Mingott's house, and will be till I'm carried out of it feet first,'" the old woman had stammered into her daughter's ear, in the thick voice of the partly paralysed.
The success of the Entertainment, and her own sharpness in looking after her interests, literally force me into a course of comparative honesty.
Mercury, pleased with his honesty, gave him the golden and silver axes in addition to his own.
She was of strict integrity herself, with a delicate sense of honour; but she was as desirous of saving Sir Walter's feelings, as solicitous for the credit of the family, as aristocratic in her ideas of what was due to them, as anybody of sense and honesty could well be.
A man,' says Sampson, 'who loses forty-seven pound ten in one morning by his honesty, is a man to be envied.
The incorruptible fidelity, piety and honesty, of Uncle Tom, had more than one development, to her personal knowledge.
I willingly believe it,'' said the knight; ``I have been accustomed to study men's countenances, and I can read in thine honesty and resolution.
said Silky, who was lounging in a corner of the shop--"wonderful sentiments, and such as becomes a man of honesty.
It must have been by an inherent principle of honesty and charity towards each other.