Definitions for honest
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word honest.
not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
"honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
without dissimulation; frank
"my honest opinion"
dependable, honest, reliable, true(p)adjective
worthy of being depended on
"a dependable worker"; "an honest working stiff"; "a reliable sourcSFLe of information"; "he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are those who trust me"
"worked at an honest trade"; "good honest food"
marked by truth
"gave honest answers"; "honest reporting"
"a good dollar bill"
gained or earned without cheating or stealing
"an honest wage"; "an fair penny"
Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.
We're the most honest people you will ever come across.
True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.
an honest account of events; honest reporting
In good faith; without malice.
an honest mistake
an honest scale
an honest day's work
Earned or acquired in a fair manner.
an honest dollar
Etymology: From honeste, from honestus, from honor.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: honeste, French; honestus, Latin.
What art thou?
—— A very honest hearted fellow, and as poor as the king. Sh.
The way to relieve ourselves from those sophisms, is an honest and diligent enquiry into the real nature and causes of things. Isaac Watts, Logick.
Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. William Shakespeare.
I’ll devise some honest slanders
To stain my cousin with: one doth not know
How much an ill word doth impoison liking. William Shakespeare.
Honesty or truthfulness is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere. Honesty is valued in many ethnic and religious cultures. "Honesty is the best policy" is a proverb of Edwin Sandys (died 1629), while the quote "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom" is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, as used in a letter to Nathaniel Macon. April 30 is national Honesty Day in the United States. William Shakespeare famously described honesty as an attribute people leave behind when he wrote that "no legacy is so rich as honesty" in act 3, scene 5 of "All's Well that Ends Well."Others have noted, however, that "too much honesty might be seen as undisciplined openness". For example, individuals may be perceived as being "too honest" if they honestly express the negative opinions of others, either without having been asked their opinion, or having been asked in a circumstance where the response would be trivial. This concern manifests in the concept of political correctness, with individuals refraining from expressing their true opinions due to a general societal condemnation of such views. Research has also found that honesty can lead to interpersonal harm because people avoid information about how their honest behavior affects others. If you plant Honesty you will reap trust.
Honest refers to a person's characteristic of being truthful, sincere, and free from deceit or fraud. It denotes the application of moral integrity in actions, speech, and behavior, implying authenticity, fairness, and a refusal to lie, steal, or cheat.
decent; honorable; suitable; becoming
characterized by integrity or fairness and straight/forwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession
open; frank; as, an honest countenance
chaste; faithful; virtuous
to adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable
Etymology: [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See Honest, a.]
Honest is a black comedy crime film released in 2000. The film was the directorial debut of ex-Eurythmics member Dave Stewart and starred Peter Facinelli and three members of the British/Canadian girl group All Saints: sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, and Melanie Blatt. The plot follows the antics of three gun-toting, streetwise, saucy sisters in Swinging London in the late 1960s. The film is most notable for the topless scenes by the Appleton sisters. Blatt and the Appletons also contributed to three songs on the film's soundtrack. Honest received blistering reviews with one critic remarking, "It is the worst kind of rubbish, the kind that makes you angry you have wasted 105 minutes of your life." However, the Sunday Times gave it 4 stars and called it a "cult classic" à la Amazon Women on the Moon. The film was screened out of competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. The low budget film flopped in its opening week in the UK, earning only £111,309 on 220 screens.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
on′est, adj. full of honour: just: the opposite of thievish, free from fraud: frank, fair-seeming, openly shown: chaste: (B.) honourable.—adv. Hon′estly.—n. Hon′esty, the state of being honest: integrity: candour: a small flowering plant, so called from its transparent seed-pouch: (B.) becoming deportment: (Shak.) chastity.—Make an honest woman of, to marry, where the woman has been dishonoured first. [Fr.,—L. honestus—honor.]
The actions and characteristics of being truthful.
She was always honest with all her customers and they knew it so trusted her.
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Rank popularity for the word 'honest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3887
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Rank popularity for the word 'honest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1206
Rank popularity for the word 'honest' in Adjectives Frequency: #448
The numerical value of honest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of honest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest better lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune...
It's a pretty honest question, with an honest intent and an honest motive. And I'm seeing more and more support for that position.
You've been so open and honest, there's no way I could respect you more for being so honest with me and being the man that you are. You're going to be an incredible husband. You're an amazing person.
The most important thing for a president to do is to be honest, if you're not honest about the problem, it's very hard to be honest about the solution. And what that happens, you don't get anything done.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity than straigthforward and simple integrity in another. A knave would rather quarrel with a brother knave than with a fool, but he would rather avoid a quarrel with one honest man than with both. He can combat a fool by management and address, and he can conquer a knave by temptations. But the honest man is neither to be bamboozled nor bribed.
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- نزيه, صادقArabic
- aufrichtig, ehrlichGerman
- τίμιος, έντιμοςGreek
- honesto, sinceroSpanish
- ionraic, ceartScottish Gaelic
- sómakær, réttsýnn, heiðarlegur, ráðvandur, heiðarlega fenginnIcelandic
- onesta, onestoItalian
- 正直, 誠実Japanese
- uczciwy, szczeryPolish
- sincera, sincero, honesto, honestaPortuguese
- cinstit, onestRomanian
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