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noun,plural hon·es·ties.
  1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.

  2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.

  1. freedom from deceit or fraud.

  2. Botany. a plant, Lunaria annua, of the mustard family, having clusters of purple flowers and semitransparent, satiny pods.

  3. Obsolete. chastity.

Origin of honesty

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English honeste, from Middle French, from Latin honestās; see honest, -ty2

synonym study For honesty

1. See honor.

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  • o·ver·hon·es·ty, noun

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How to use honesty in a sentence

  • "It was very good of you to go to London," said Gordon, looking at him with all the old serious honesty of his eyes.

    Confidence | Henry James
  • Obstinate as he was, the girl's frank honesty conquered the angry old man.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • But he met the doctor's gaze unflinchingly across the fire, and with complete honesty.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • Thoughts of Walter Fetherston, the man in whose eyes had shone the light of true honesty when he spoke, arose within her.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • Give us common sense, and common honesty, and a "steady supply of men and women who can be trusted with small sums."

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford

British Dictionary definitions for honesty


/ (ˈɒnɪstɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the condition of being honest

  2. sincerity or fairness

  1. archaic virtue or respect

  2. Also called: moonwort, satinpod a purple-flowered SE European plant, Lunaria annua, cultivated for its flattened silvery pods, which are used for indoor decoration: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

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