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noun, plural honesties.
the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
freedom from deceit or fraud.
Botany. a plant, Lunaria annua, of the mustard family, having clusters of purple flowers and semitransparent, satiny pods.
Obsolete, chastity.

1300–50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās. See honest, -ty2

overhonesty, noun

1. integrity, probity, rectitude. See honor. 2. candor, veracity.

1. dishonesty.
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honesty (ˈɒnɪstɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the condition of being honest
2.  sincerity or fairness
3.  archaic virtue or respect
4.  moonwort, Also called: satinpod a purple-flowered SE European plant, Lunaria annua, cultivated for its flattened silvery pods, which are used for indoor decoration: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. honesté, from L. honestatem (nom. honestas) "honor, honesty," from honestus (see honest). In English, the word originally had more to do with honor than honest.
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