honest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj honest gained or earned without cheating or stealing "an honest wage","an fair penny"
    • adj honest not forged "a good dollar bill"
    • adj honest not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent "honest lawyers","honest reporting"
    • adj honest marked by truth "gave honest answers","honest reporting"
    • adj honest without pretensions "worked at an honest trade","good honest food"
    • adj honest without dissimulation; frank "my honest opinion"
    • adj honest worthy of being depended on "a dependable worker","an honest working stiff","a reliable sourcSFLe of information","he was true to his word","I would be true for there are those who trust me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Honest Characterized by integrity or fairness and straightforwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession. "An honest man's the noblest work of God.""An honest physician leaves his patient when he can contribute no farther to his health.""Look ye out among you seven men of honest report.""Provide things honest in the sight of all men."
    • Honest Chaste; faithful; virtuous. "Wives may be merry, and yet honest too."
    • Honest Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming. "Belong what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching!"
    • Honest Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.
    • v. t Honest To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • honest Having a sense of honor; having honorable feelings, motives, or principles; free from deceit or hypocrisy; true, candid, upright, or just in speech and action; fair in dealing, or sincere in utterance; worthy to be trusted.
    • honest Specifically— Having the virtue of chastity; chaste; virtuous: said of a woman.
    • honest Having no disposition to cheat, steal, or lie.
    • honest Characterized by or proceeding from honorable motives or principles; marked by truth, justice, sincerity, fairness, etc.: as, an honest transaction; honest opinions or motives; an honest effort.
    • honest Of honorable quality; creditable; reputable; proper; becoming: as, a man of honest report.
    • honest Excellent in quality; good.
    • honest Of honorable appearance; fair-seeming; having the semblance of truthfulness, fairness, etc.
    • honest Open; undisguised; boldly or frankly showing purpose, character, or quality, whether good or bad: as, the honest pursuit of pleasure or gain; an honest rogue.
    • honest Synonyms and Conscientious, trust-worthy, trusty, frank.
    • honest To do honor to; grace; adorn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Honest on′est full of honour: just: the opposite of thievish, free from fraud: frank, fair-seeming, openly shown: chaste:
    • adj Honest on′est (B.) honourable
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Quotations

  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Locks keep out only the honest.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”
  • Bob Dylan
    Bob%20Dylan
    “To live outside the law, you must be honest.”
  • Sam Houston
    Sam Houston
    “I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “An honest man's the noblest work of God.”

Idioms

Honest as the day is long - Someone who is as honest as the day is long is very trustworthy or honest.
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Honest truth - If someone claims that something is the honest truth, they wish to sound extra-sincere about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. honest, onest, OF. honeste, oneste, F. honnête, L. honestus, fr. honos, honor, honor. See Honor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. honestushonor.

Usage

In literature:

It was very well to hoodwink an old skinflint; but, by the Mass, not honest to flaunt your methods in the world's face.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
He insists that Pedders was too honest to touch a dollar; says he knew him too well.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
They provided things honest in the sight of all men.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Very honest, and very," breaking into an apparently irrepressible laugh, "ugly!
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Honest, we got deals enough in the air to make you dizzy followin' 'em.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
A stormy night always makes honest householders wakeful.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Apart from all which, she is honestly glad at the prospect of so soon meeting him face to face.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Now I am honest in saying I wish you to do just as you please.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
Most happiness is really of the future, and most grief, if we would be honest, is of the past.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
He was hard-working, kind-hearted, and strictly honest, but nothing succeeded.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
And he must be honest.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But Mrs. Thomas was at heart an honest woman, and as a rule was honest also in practice.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Will you forgive me if I am perfectly frank and honest, and tell you exactly what is in my mind?
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Honestly I wasn't to blame.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
It required all his daring to answer honestly and at once.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I thank heaven I have very honestly purchased the hatred of all the great families in town.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
He was slow and thoroughgoing and honest.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I don't doubt they were, one and all, honest in their way.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
These "honest Conservatives" have contrived to surround themselves with a halo of honesty and respectability.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
Yon's no shore for an honest man; he being made like a man and not like an eagle.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
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In poetry:

If honest heart act well its part,
And ask the aid of heaven
Its feeblest word will be so heard
That succor will be given.
"Duty Done" by Jared Barhite
He was sturdy, strong, and honest,
In body and mind he had vim,
So we learned by intuition,
To place much reliance on Tim.
"Tim" by Jared Barhite
For these young flippertigibbets
A-rhyming their hours away
They won't be still like honest men
And listen to what you say.
"Old Poets" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
To find that a woman's honest love
In this great world of strife
Gleams steadfast like a star, above
The dark morass of life.
"Things Worth While." by Edwin Carty Ranck
Quotation! Ah, thou droppest as the gentle
rain from heaven,
Thy brow is wet with honest sweat and the
stars on thy head are seven.
"To Quotation" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Better twenty honest years
Than their dull three score and ten.
Lads, you're wanted. Come and learn
To live and die with honest men.
"Recruiting" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

In news:

It's a question that, to be perfectly honest, we would have felt more than a little uncomfortable asking as recently as a few weeks ago.
Readers sound off on franking privileges, fair taxes and Michael Shapiro keeping political types honest.
THE BRAVERY Song: AN HONEST MISTAKE.
Astoria Is Getting a Bookstore, a Smaller Gowanus Shuffleboard Club, and Honestly, How Much Fro -Yo Can NYers Eat.
I made this vow of frugality and I have people to keep me honest and share ideas with me about how to save money.
Honest Tea has reformulated Honest Kids " fruit-juice sweetened" line of beverages.
The Honest Kids " fruit-juice sweetened" line of beverages will also be available in a new 59-ounce multi-serve bottle.
And a recipe for a fruitcake you'll love, honest.
'She was very open and honest and generous,' says contributing editor Josh Eells.
Gene Dorio, an old-school practitioner in Santa Clarita, insists families — and physicians — have honest discussions about end-of-life issues with those in failing health.
Perhaps because they want to avoid too much self-awareness, or perhaps because they honestly don't care, the members of Gospel Gossip seem put off when asked which genre their music nestles into.
His blend of Americana, soul and folk make for a nakedly honest songwriting style that creates a completely enveloping live experience.
I'll be honest, I'm a fairly impatient person.
I honestly miss them during the long days of the school year and cannot wait to spend time together.
But there is an uneven parking lot with an honest-to-God roadhouse planted on it (Patrick Swayze not included).
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In science:

This is what we need, honest efforts to give good error estimates, and, to find what parts of those estimates are sensitive to assumptions, more than one group doing independent work on the same problem.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
They make an honest effort to test a range of assumptions, for example for quark distribution functions, and see how their results vary as those input assumption are varied.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
But no matter how honest a group might be, it is important to also have another group or groups think independently about what input assumptions are reasonable.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
We used bootstrap resampling with replacement, ANOVA (ANalysis Of VAriance) and Tukey's HSD (Honest Significant Difference) post hoc test. We used 30% of features (127), the number of bootstrap samples N=2000, significance level α =0.001.
Computerized Face Detection and Recognition
Now we have honestly deduce the claim from the LU-tightness of ∗a (DR-tightness of a).
Arrays and the octahedron recurrence
In a weak linear extension (resp. action ) we do not require p to be the identity on ob jects but only that any ob ject in C is isomorphic to an ob ject in the image of p. A weak linear extension can always be replaced by a honest linear extension up to equivalence of categories.
The characteristic cohomology class of a triangulated category
An honest computation of supersymmetry conditions via a superpotential and K¨ahler potential should nevertheless include the warping. A first step toward this was put forward in Refs. [144, 145, 146], who considered KK-reductions in warped products with a conformal Calabi–Yau factor.
Flux compactifications in string theory: a comprehensive review
The argument is laid out very carefully, with honest and extensive discussion of requirements and assumptions and great attention to detail.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
This is at most possible if the constraints form an honest Lie algebra with structure constants rather than structure functions.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
In fact, to date there is no honest representation based on Lorentz connections available.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
However it is an ‘honest’ approach in the sense that all the assumptions are explicitly spelled out in a logical manner.
Conference Summary: Astronomy Perspective of Astro-Statistics
Other examples arise, if we conjugate an honest action by a homotopy equivalence and restrict then to a finite subset S .
The Borel Conjecture for hyperbolic and CAT(0)-groups
Suppose that the homotopy action actually comes from an honest G-action on X .
The Borel Conjecture for hyperbolic and CAT(0)-groups
These are protocols where the only operation that an honest party will do is a Pauli measurement.
Generalized self-testing and the security of the 6-state protocol
To keep things honest, we’ll abstract out the properties needed for well-definedness.
Algebraic cobordism of varieties with G-bundles
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