American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being honest; integrity.
- n. Truthfulness; sincerity: in all honesty.
- n. Archaic Chastity.
- n. Botany A European plant (Lunaria annua) cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round, flat, papery, silver-white seedpods. Also called money plant, satin flower, silver dollar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or quality of being honest or honorable; upright disposition or conduct; sincerity; honor; virtue.
- n. Specifically— Chastity; virtuous reputation; honor.
- n. The virtue of respecting the property rights of others; the absence of any disposition to cheat, steal, or lie.
- n. Decency; good manners.
- n. Liberality.
- n. Credit; reputation.
- n. In botany, a name of several plants, especially of a small cruciferous plant, Lunaria annua (L. biennis): so called from the transparency of its dissepiments. The perennial honesty is L. rediviva; the maiden's-honesty is Clematis Vitalba. Synonyms Honesty, Honor, Integrity, Probity, Rectitude, Uprightness; equity, trustworthiness, trustiness, fidelity, fairness, candor, veracity, plain-dealing; frankness. The first six words apply primarily to the spirit of the person, and by extension to conduct, etc. They may be negative or positive, expressing the spirit or the act of refraining or of doing. Honesty belongs to the absolute principle of right; honor, on the other hand, belongs to accepted standards of what is due to others or to one's self. Conformity to an exalted standard of honor is more creditable and illustrious than simple honesty. In earlier usage honest and honesty retained much of their Latin significance of honorable and honorableness in the objective sense. (See Rom. xii. 17.) Integrity means soundness, and is used with especial reference to trusts (as, a man of strict business integrity), but it may consider a person as inspected and found whole by others or by himself. Probity is tested honesty, tried and proved integrity. Rectitude and uprightness draw their meanings from the idea of standing up straight, and hence matching the standard of right, but uprightness is more manifestly connected with this idea, and hence, as well as on account of its native origin, is much the more vigorous of the two. See
- n. uncountable The act, quality, or condition of being honest; to be truthful
- n. Any of various crucifers in the genus Lunaria, several of which are grown as ornamentals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Honor; honorableness; dignity; propriety; suitableness; decency.
- n. The quality or state of being honest; probity; fairness and straightforwardness of conduct, speech, etc.; integrity; sincerity; truthfulness; freedom from fraud or guile.
- n. Chastity; modesty.
- n. (Bot.) Satin flower; the name of two cruciferous herbs having large flat pods, the round shining partitions of which are more beautiful than the blossom; -- called also
lunaryand moonwort. Lunaria biennis is common honesty; Lunaria rediva is perennial honesty.
- n. southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration
- n. the quality of being honest
- From Old French honesté (French: honnêteté) (honest + -y). (Wiktionary)
“Michigan CHEATED DNC rules on January 15, 2008, and all of the major candidates removed their names in honesty from the competition, except Tonya Harding, I mean Hillary Clinton.”
“I believe in honesty is the best policy, not fake sniper fire.”
“The most optimistic prospect I can offer in honesty is that Canada could have a brilliant economic future, but only if it accepts the disciplines of harsh reality and takes the steps necessary in the near term to restore reasonable balance to its economic system.”
“Your honesty is a gift and an example for every mother.”
“And Linda, your honesty is an admirable quality and one that I rely on.”
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“This kind of honesty is unheard of … well almost anywhere these days, but certainly in business, and I for one appreciate the hell out it.”
“And as we see it in experience, that dogs do always bark at those they know not, and that it is their nature to accompany one another in those clamors: so it is with the inconsiderate multitude; who wanting that virtue which we call honesty in all men, and that especial gift of God which we call charity in Christian men, condemn without hearing, and wound without offence given: led thereunto by uncertain report only; which his Majesty truly acknowledged for the author of all lies.”
“Leave an honest, informative review – Of course, we all love good reviews, but honesty is the most important.”
“You might as well come out honestly for single payer system but honesty is not much of a virtue with you legal beagles, isit?”
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