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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
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 over-honesty

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 over-honesty

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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Encyclopedia Article for over-honesty

honesty

any of the three species of the genus Lunaria, of the mustard family (Brassicaceae). They are European annuals or biennials that are widely grown for their disklike, papery, seedpod partitions, used in dried flower arrangements. The best-known species, also called moonflower, money plant, moonwort, or satinflower, as well as honesty (L. annua), has four-petalled, reddish purple or white flowers that are borne in summer. It has become naturalized in some wooded parts of eastern North America. Perennial honesty (L. rediviva) has pointed oval seedpod partitions and pale purple flowers

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