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  • n. Plural form of honestie.
  • n. Plural form of honesty.


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  • The politic nature of vice must be opposed by policy, and therefore wiser honesties project and plot against sin; wherein notwithstanding we are not to rest in generals, or the trite stratagems of art; that may succeed with one temper, which may prove successless with another.

    Letter to a Friend

  • And again, because he that was noted to sweare very often, lost vtterly his credite, and name: many menne affirme, that for the regard of their honesties, it happened very seldome, that any man came to his othe.

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

  • Now that I have seene mine honour and honesties enemy laid along; mine anger is past, and Husband, I freely pardon you: intreating you heartily henceforward, not to presume or imagine, that my love eyther is, or can bee altred from you.

    The Decameron

  • Therefore, if your honesties doe straine themselves a little, both in thinking and speaking, not for prosecution of any immodest deede, but onely for familiar and blamelesse entercourse: I cannot devise a more convenient ground, at least that carrieth apparant reason, for reproofe of perils, to ensue by any of you.

    The Decameron

  • Little self-denials, little honesties, little passing words of sympathy, little nameless acts of kindness, little silent victories over favorite temptations -- these are the silent threads of gold which, when woven together, gleam out so brightly in the pattern of life that God approves.

    The King's Daughter and Other Stories for Girls

  • In essence, poetry is the love of life -- not mere brutish tenacity of sensation, but a passion for all the honesties that make life free and generous and clean.

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

  • There are such poles of opposition between honesties and loyalties.

    The Lost Girl

  • All God's poor are not educated up to the point of even small, fine honesties, and the so-called "generous" are not always "just" or honest.

    Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales

  • You are dealing with primal sanities, primal honesties, primal attraction; you are touching at least the hem of the garment with which the infinite is clothed, and virtue goes out from it to you.

    Time and Change

  • For once I had some sense, and answered that this would never do, for we had really no power in the matter, and I contrived a letter to the recreant so softly diplomatic that I shall always think of it with pride when my honesties no longer give me satisfaction, saying that this incident had come to our knowledge, and suggesting that we felt sure he would not finally wish to withhold the money.

    My Mark Twain (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)


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