What does honesty mean?

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ˈɒn ə stihon·esty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. honesty, honestnessnoun

    the quality of being honest

  2. honesty, silver dollar, money plant, satin flower, satinpod, Lunaria annuanoun

    southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration

Wiktionary

  1. honestynoun

    The act, quality, or condition of being honest; to be truthful

  2. honestynoun

    Any of various crucifers in the genus Lunaria, several of which are grown as ornamentals.

  3. Etymology: From honesté (French: honnêteté) (honest + -y).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Honestynoun

    Justice; truth; virtue; purity.

    Etymology: honnesteté, French; honestas, Latin.

    Thou shalt not have thy husband’s lands.
    ———— Why, then mine honesty shall be my dower. William Shakespeare.

    Goodness, as that which makes men prefer their duty and their promise before their passions or their interest, and is properly the object of trust, in our language goes rather by the name of honesty; though what we call an honest man, the Romans called a good man; and honesty in their language, as well as in French, rather signifies a composition of those qualities which generally acquire honour and esteem. William Temple.

Wikipedia

  1. Honesty

    Honesty 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, 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honestyadjective

    honor; honorableness; dignity; propriety; suitableness; decency

  2. Honestyadjective

    the quality or state of being honest; probity; fairness and straightforwardness of conduct, speech, etc.; integrity; sincerity; truthfulness; freedom from fraud or guile

  3. Honestyadjective

    chastity; modesty

  4. Honestyadjective

    satin flower; the name of two cruciferous herbs having large flat pods, the round shining partitions of which are more beautiful than the blossom; -- called also lunary and moonwort. Lunaria biennis is common honesty; L. rediva is perennial honesty

Freebase

  1. Honesty

    Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating or theft. Honesty is revered in many cultures and religions. Honesty means being truthful, trustworthy, loyal, fair and sincere. Honesty also means straight forward conduct. "Honesty is the best policy" is a proverb of unknown origin. "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."- Thomas Jefferson.

Editors Contribution

  1. honesty

    The quality and fact of being honest.

    Their honesty was amazing and we all value it.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of honesty in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of honesty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of honesty in a Sentence

  1. The District:

    This is a difficult time for our organization, however our goal remains to provide the highest level of public safety to the residents of Santa Clara County, the hundreds of men and women who represent the Sheriff's Office will continue to serve our community with compassion, honesty and integrity.

  2. Billy Gardell:

    The story we wanted to tell, the story I wanted to tell, is about the greatness of first generation immigrants [ and ] about the focus and discipline, the hard work [ and ] rigorous honesty that goes with coming here and grabbing ahold of the American dream.

  3. Tom Hayes on Thursday:

    No, not at all, it has nothing to do with honesty or dishonesty.

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    Meta analysis studies show that, contrary to what we thought, masks really do work in preventing infection, when you find out you're wrong, it's a manifestation of your honesty to say,' Hey, I was wrong. I did subsequent experiments and now it's this way.'.

  5. Henry Louis Mencken:

    It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.

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