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  1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
  2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
  3. a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship's hull.

Origin of integrity

1400–50; late Middle English integrite < Latin integritās. See integer, -ity

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1. See honor.

Antonyms for integrity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for integrity

Contemporary Examples of integrity

  • But the qualities Mario Cuomo brought to public life—compassion, integrity, commitment to principle—remain in short supply today.

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    President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion

    Jonathan Alter

    January 2, 2015

  • The Supreme Court justices who decided the Integrity case make $244,440 a year (Chief Justice Roberts makes $255,500).

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    How Amazon Became Santa’s Sweatshop

    Sally Kohn

    December 11, 2014

  • Other artisans see purity and integrity in their craft and have no dream of becoming recognized as the author of their own work.

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    Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos

    Tim Teeman

    December 2, 2014

  • UVA prides itself on holding all students to a high standard of accountability and integrity.

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    How UVA Is Failing Its Women

    Allison McNearney

    November 20, 2014

  • Her integrity had been questioned two years prior, when 60 Minutes sent a camera crew to document the child prodigy in action.

Historical Examples of integrity

British Dictionary definitions for integrity


  1. adherence to moral principles; honesty
  2. the quality of being unimpaired; soundness
  3. unity; wholeness

Word Origin for integrity

C15: from Latin integritās; see integer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for integrity

c.1400, "innocence, blamelessness; chastity, purity," from Old French integrité or directly from Latin integritatem (nominative integritas) "soundness, wholeness, blamelessness," from integer "whole" (see integer). Sense of "wholeness, perfect condition" is mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

integrity in Medicine


  1. The state of being unimpaired; soundness or wholeness.
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