• WordNet 3.6
    • n honesty the quality of being honest
    • n honesty southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Honesty Chastity; modesty. "To lay . . . siege to the honesty of this Ford's wife."
    • Honesty Honor; honorableness; dignity; propriety; suitableness; decency. "She derives her honesty and achieves her goodness."
    • Honesty (Bot) Satin flower; the name of two cruciferous herbs having large flat pods, the round shining partitions of which are more beautiful than the blossom; -- called also lunary and moonwort. Lunaria biennis is common honesty; Lunaria rediva is perennial honesty.
    • Honesty The quality or state of being honest; probity; fairness and straightforwardness of conduct, speech, etc.; integrity; sincerity; truthfulness; freedom from fraud or guile. "That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n honesty The character or quality of being honest or honorable; upright disposition or conduct; sincerity; honor; virtue.
    • n honesty Specifically— Chastity; virtuous reputation; honor.
    • n honesty The virtue of respecting the property rights of others; the absence of any disposition to cheat, steal, or lie.
    • n honesty Decency; good manners.
    • n honesty Liberality.
    • n honesty Credit; reputation.
    • n honesty In botany, a name of several plants, especially of a small cruciferous plant, Lunaria annua (L. biennis): so called from the transparency of its dissepiments. The perennial honesty is L. rediviva; the maiden's-honesty is Clematis Vitalba. Synonyms Honesty, Honor, Integrity, Probity, Rectitude, Uprightness; equity, trustworthiness, trustiness, fidelity, fairness, candor, veracity, plain-dealing; frankness. The first six words apply primarily to the spirit of the person, and by extension to conduct, etc. They may be negative or positive, expressing the spirit or the act of refraining or of doing. Honesty belongs to the absolute principle of right; honor, on the other hand, belongs to accepted standards of what is due to others or to one's self. Conformity to an exalted standard of honor is more creditable and illustrious than simple honesty. In earlier usage honest and honesty retained much of their Latin significance of honorable and honorableness in the objective sense. (See Rom. xii. 17.) Integrity means soundness, and is used with especial reference to trusts (as, a man of strict business integrity), but it may consider a person as inspected and found whole by others or by himself. Probity is tested honesty, tried and proved integrity. Rectitude and uprightness draw their meanings from the idea of standing up straight, and hence matching the standard of right, but uprightness is more manifestly connected with this idea, and hence, as well as on account of its native origin, is much the more vigorous of the two. See justice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Honesty the state of being honest: integrity: candour: a small flowering plant, so called from its transparent seed-pouch: :
    • n Honesty (B.) becoming deportment
    • n Honesty (Shak.) chastity
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  • Kin Hubbard
    “Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.”
  • Stephen Vincent Benet
    Stephen Vincent Benet
    “Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Honesty is the best policy.”
  • John Lyly
    John Lyly
    “The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.”


In all honesty - If you say something in all honesty, you are telling the complete truth. It can be used as a way of introducing a negative opinion whilst trying to be polite; in all honesty, I have to say that I wasn't very impressed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. honeste, oneste, honor, OF. honesté, onesté,cf. F. honnêteté,), L. honestas,. See Honest (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. honestushonor.


In literature:

But its honesty and lack of subterfuge only pleased the man.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Honesty becomes automatic; self-control becomes automatic.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
Law-learning and law-reasoning, industry, honesty, and high-minded purity could do no more for any judge.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
It had grown too strong for her, that habit of honesty of thought and action.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
There is honesty in the conviction that sentience is a sort of absolute; it is something which certainly exists.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
She saw his sterling worth, his honour and his honesty.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
This enormous salary is paid to secure honesty.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
Ponder it well, young man, and learn from it that honesty is indeed the best policy in any calling.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
Possessed of prowess and honesty of disposition, he shall be a famous king, known throughout the three worlds.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Every one saw suddenly, and with a faint breath of astonishment, how honesty worked.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Your honesty is beautiful.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
His talents were not of the first order, but his honesty, sincerity, and goodness made him beloved.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Ned, the scoundrel, shall be sent to the right about; Mr. Darby, for his honesty, shall have each wrist embraced by a namesake.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Honesty needs no pains to set itself off.
"The Gamester (1753)" by Edward Moore
Honesty for a newspaper isn't just a matter of good intentions.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
But there's an honesty that verges on imbecility, and that's the kind that talks itself hoarse when it ought to keep silent.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth.
"Many Thoughts of Many Minds" by Various
But Honesty has to pay prompt.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Everything in the great farm kindergarten teaches him sincerity, simplicity and honesty.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

Dear Prince, a sinner's honesty
Is more to God, much nearer still,
Than the bribed hypocritic knee:
God needs not you to work His will.
"Ballade Of The Paid Puritan" by Richard Le Gallienne
Have the people lost their honesty,
Has the Nation sunk so low,
That partisan strife can blind our eyes
Till we know not friend from foe?
"Our Politics" by Jared Barhite
"Ye lied, ye lied, now, king," he says,
"Altho' a king and prince ye be!
For I've loved naething in my life,
I weel dare say it, but honestie.
"Johnnie Armstrang" by Andrew Lang
'Ye lied, ye lied, now, king,' he says,
'Althocht a king and prince ye be,
For I luid naithing in all my lyfe,
I dare well say it, but honesty;
"Johnny Armstrong (original)" by Anonymous British
And where we sit together by ourselves
The log walls gaze upon us mournfully.
We gave no promise to leap obstacles,
We shall yet face our end with honesty.
"Autumn" by Boris Pasternak
Not Caesar's genius nor Napoleon's skill
Gave him proud mast'ry o'er the trembling earth;
But great in honesty, and sense and will--
He was the "man of worth."
"Arms And The Man - Pater Patrae" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Where has our integrity, honesty and morality gone.
Honesty is best policy in school.
Suddenly it's all about honesty .
Honesty will help you resolve pending problems.
Obama attacks Romney ' honesty ' on policies.
State agents go undercover to test honesty of lottery store clerks.
Honesty is the best policy.
Romney's '47 percent' comments: Needed honesty or political gaffe.
Zombie Voters and Honesty in Politics.
Politicians need honesty , practicality.
'I Stand For Honesty , Equality, Kindness, Compassion'.
Articles Tagged with " honesty ".
Honor, honesty and integrity lacking in Washington.
'I think maybe people are responding to some kind of honesty in the music,' says JD McPherson , whose album 'Signs & Signifiers' has been gaining steam in recent months.
Does honesty have a minimum price.

In science:

It would require a survey paper to even mention the salient results with any degree of honesty.
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
We wil l miss greatly the insight, clarity and intel lectual honesty he could bring to bear on the deepest conceptual problems in physics.
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
This is what Dix et al (1992) call the “honesty of the system”. W ithout this the user would not be able to learn the consistent procedure for interacting with the interface.
The Review and Analysis of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles
Honesty demands that I briefly comment on a technical (and relatively insignificant point) here: To run the argument in precisely this form, one needs a slight modification of either Lemma 4.2 or the original Breimesser-Pearson Theorem.
The absolutely continuous spectrum of one-dimensional Schr"odinger operators
In honesty, they should be called something like “algebraic motivations” instead of proofs.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
Putting it in a different way, peer review can be seen as a decision-making process where the reviewers serve as “cog nitive inputs” in order to help a decisionmaker (chair, editor, etc.) to judge the quality of a work. A crucial point in this process is that it greatly depends on reviewers’ honesty.
On a Reliable Peer-Review Process
Our main contribution is an enhanced peer-review process that encourages honesty.
On a Reliable Peer-Review Process
We heard clear descriptions of the theoretical expectations for supernova neutrinos and, with great honesty, the difficulties that must be overcome to make accurate calculations.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
To Lev Okun in honor of his 80’th birthday: a kind and gentle man who does physics as he lives his life, with simple honesty and integrity.
Z' Bosons, the NuTeV Anomaly, and the Higgs Boson Mass
So why do some respected scientists believe that P = NP? For some, no doubt, it is just intellectual honesty; since we have no proof in either direction we should leave both possibilities on the table.
Construction of an NP Problem with an Exponential Lower Bound