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honest

[on-ist] /ˈɒn ɪst/
adjective
1.
honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair:
an honest person.
2.
showing uprightness and fairness:
honest dealings.
3.
gained or obtained fairly:
honest wealth.
4.
sincere; frank:
an honest face.
5.
genuine or unadulterated:
honest commodities.
6.
respectable; having a good reputation:
an honest name.
7.
truthful or creditable:
honest weights.
8.
humble, plain, or unadorned.
9.
Archaic. chaste; virtuous.
Origin of honest
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestus honorable, equivalent to hones- (variant stem of honōs) honor + -tus adj. suffix
Related forms
honestness, noun
overhonest, adjective
overhonestly, adverb
overhonestness, noun
quasi-honest, adjective
quasi-honestly, adverb
Synonyms
1. just, incorruptible, trusty, trustworthy. 2. fair. 4. straightforward, candid. 5, 9. pure.
Antonyms
1. dishonest, corrupt.
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Examples from the Web for honest
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  • I vowed the captain was no friend of mine; yet I believed him honest.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • This here fellow, now, couldn't make an honest livin' like that, I bet you.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Tell me honest, now, Rebecca, did Joe Chandler ever propose to you?

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • But will it be just, will it be honest, to marry a man I cannot endure?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • If I could only think that she had been an honest woman, I should not care.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for honest

honest

/ˈɒnɪst/
adjective
1.
not given to lying, cheating, stealing, etc; trustworthy
2.
not false or misleading; genuine
3.
just or fair: honest wages
4.
characterized by sincerity and candour: an honest appraisal
5.
without pretensions or artificial traits: honest farmers
6.
(archaic) (of a woman) respectable
7.
honest broker, a mediator in disputes, esp international ones
8.
(interjection) (school slang) honest Injun, genuinely, really
9.
honest to God, honest to goodness
  1. (adjective) completely authentic
  2. (interjection) an expression of affirmation or surprise
10.
make an honest woman of, to marry (a woman, esp one who is pregnant) to prevent scandal
Derived Forms
honestness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French honeste, from Latin honestus distinguished, from honōshonour
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Word Origin and History for honest
adj.

c.1300, "respectable, decent, of neat appearance," also "free from fraud," from Old French honeste (12c.; Modern French honnête), from Latin honestus "honorable, respected, regarded with honor," figuratively "deserving honor, honorable, respectable," from honos (see honor (n.)). Main modern sense of "dealing fairly, truthful" is c.1400, as is sense of "virtuous." Phrase to make an honest woman of "marry a woman after seduction" is from 1620s.

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honest

In addition to the idioms beginning with honest
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