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honesty

[on-uh-stee] /ˈɒn ə sti/
noun, plural honesties.
1.
the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
2.
truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3.
freedom from deceit or fraud.
4.
Botany. a plant, Lunaria annua, of the mustard family, having clusters of purple flowers and semitransparent, satiny pods.
5.
Obsolete, chastity.
Origin of honesty
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās. See honest, -ty2
Related forms
overhonesty, noun
Synonyms
1. integrity, probity, rectitude. See honor. 2. candor, veracity.
Antonyms
1. dishonesty.
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British Dictionary definitions for hone-sty

honesty

/ˈɒnɪstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition of being honest
2.
sincerity or fairness
3.
(archaic) virtue or respect
4.
Also called moonwort, 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 and History for hone-sty

honesty

n.

early 14c., "splendor, honor; elegance," later "honorable position; propriety of behavior, good manners; virginity, chastity" (late 14c.), from Old French honesté (Modern French honnêteté), from Latin honestatem (nominative honestas) "honor received from others; reputation, character;" figuratively "uprightness, probity, integrity, virtue," from honestus (see honest). Meaning "moral purity, uprightness, virtue, justness" is from c.1400; in English, the word originally had more to do with honor than honest.

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