honesty

[on-uh-stee]

noun, plural hon·es·ties.

the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
freedom from deceit or fraud.
Botany. a plant, Lunaria annua, of the mustard family, having clusters of purple flowers and semitransparent, satiny pods.
Obsolete. chastity.

Nearby words

  1. honest injun,
  2. honest john,
  3. honest to god,
  4. honest-to-goodness,
  5. honestly,
  6. honesty box,
  7. honesty is the best policy,
  8. honewort,
  9. honey,
  10. honey ant

Origin of honesty

1300–50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās. See honest, -ty2

Related formso·ver·hon·es·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for honesty

honesty

noun plural -ties

the condition of being honest
sincerity or fairness
archaic virtue or respect
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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Word Origin and History for honesty

honesty

n.

early 14c., "splendor, honor; elegance," later "honorable position; propriety of behavior, good manners; virginity, chastity" (late 14c.), from Old French honesté (Modern French honnêteté), from Latin honestatem (nominative honestas) "honor received from others; reputation, character;" figuratively "uprightness, probity, integrity, virtue," from honestus (see honest). Meaning "moral purity, uprightness, virtue, justness" is from c.1400; in English, the word originally had more to do with honor than honest.

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