Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday April 3, 2002
probity \PRO-buh-tee\ , noun:
Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.
Unless some light is shed on shady dealings and some probity restored, more young lives will be blighted and careers choked off.
-- Norman Lebrecht, Who Killed Classical Music?
To suggest that this exemplar of financial probity was enriching himself at public expense was to shake the very foundations of the new Republic.
-- William Safire, Scandalmonger
Probity is from Latin probitas, from probus, "good, upright, virtuous."