Definition of honesty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈänəstē/


1The quality of being honest: they spoke with convincing honesty about their fears it was not, in all honesty, an auspicious debut
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  • The consequence is that qualities such as honesty and integrity matter substantially more.
  • We need to rebuild on the basis not of greed but truth, honesty, integrity.
  • It is much easier to win elections by preaching hate and fear than understanding and honesty.
integrity, uprightness, honorableness, honor, morality, morals, ethics, principles, high principles, righteousness, right-mindedness;
virtue, goodness, probity, high-mindedness, fairness, incorruptibility, truthfulness, trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, rectitude
sincerity, candor, frankness, directness, bluntness, truthfulness, truth, openness, straightforwardness
1.1chiefly British Referring to or using a way of charging for goods or services that relies on customers to leave money in an unattended receptacle even though there is no one to collect their payments: an honesty bar
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  • The bookshop where I bought my newspaper from had an " honesty box ".
  • Similar to the Austrian newspaper, the bagels were distributed to offices in the US capital with an honesty box payment system.
  • You may also be interested in our honesty mark scheme.
2A European plant with purple or white flowers and round, flat, translucent seedpods that are used for indoor flower arrangements. Also called money plant.
  • Genus Lunaria, family Brassicaceae.
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  • Honesty flowers early in the year and provides nectar for early butterflies such as the orange tip.
  • Common honesty is grown partly for its fragrant bright flowers in spring and early summer, but also for its unique oval and translucent seed-heads, much coveted by dried-flower arrangers.


Middle English: from Old French honeste, from Latin honestas, from honestus (see honest). The original sense was 'honor, respectability', later 'decorum, virtue, chastity'. The plant is so named from its seedpods, translucency symbolizing lack of deceit.

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Syllabification: hon·es·ty

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