honesty

noun
hon·​es·​ty | \ ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce honesty (audio) \
plural honesties

Definition of honesty

1a : adherence to the facts : sincerity doubted the honesty of the witness
b : fairness and straightforwardness of conduct calling for honesty in politics
2 : any of a genus (Lunaria) of European herbs of the mustard family with toothed leaves and flat disk-shaped siliques
3 obsolete : chastity

Choose the Right Synonym for honesty

honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

Examples of honesty in a Sentence

She is admired for her kindness and her honesty. He demands honesty from everyone who works for him. He didn't even have enough honesty to tell me he was leaving.
Recent Examples on the Web In weighing whether to grant Vaught judicial diversion, Smith cited Vaught’s remorse as well as her honesty about the medication error. Sarah Rumpf, Fox News, 14 May 2022 In weighing whether to grant Vaught judicial diversion, Smith cited Vaught's remorse as well as her honesty about the medication error. CBS News, 13 May 2022 And this is exactly what is portrayed in her new book, which celebrates the city of Odesa and its people in their disarming honesty. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 10 May 2022 With her honesty came an outpouring of support from Drag Race fans. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 23 Apr. 2022 In his honesty and tenderness, Carmichael has created a special that blurs the line between comedy and confession, exposing how humor can relieve incredible tension while obscuring so much truth. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2022 My honesty about fear, fatigue, and frustration creates the common ground for connection. Cameron Smith | Csmith@al.com, al, 13 Apr. 2022 She was drawn to his professional honesty, sincerity, and work ethic. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2022 Nugent, however, noted Vitale’s lack of a criminal record, several personal characteristics in his favor and his honesty. John Caniglia, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of honesty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for honesty

see honest entry 1

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21 May 2022

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“Honesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honesty. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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honesty

noun
hon·​es·​ty | \ ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce honesty (audio) \

Kids Definition of honesty

: the quality or state of being truthful and fair

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