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 Employees can also appreciate the honesty and transparency behind how the decisions were made. Reena Khullar Sharma, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Despite not having an account herself, she's celebrated as a goddess on TikTok for her wit, style, and unapologetic honesty. Emily Maddick, Glamour, 28 Apr. 2022 But if honesty reigned, the lean would be in one undeniable direction, not a pretty one. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 What sets the show apart is the raw honesty of Jackson’s interrogation into his own marginalization. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Those numbers, choreographed by William Carlos Angulo, pop with life, honesty and pizazz, delighting the most older audience at the Marriott, which was grinning in the semi-darkness. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Its white-walled dining room is an exacting homage to the Protestant religious group, whose signature furniture and décor rejected adornment and insisted upon simplicity, utility and honesty in craft. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Much like the rapid rise to national fame of Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell (played in the upcoming series Gaslit by Julia Roberts), Betty’s honesty and refreshing refusal to walk the party line was galvanizing. Mark Peikert, Town & Country, 21 Apr. 2022 Self-realization and honesty normally represent steps in the right direction. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 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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9 May 2022

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“Honesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honesty. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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