Definition of honesty in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɒnɪsti


[mass noun]
  • 2A European plant with purple or white flowers and round, flat, translucent seed pods which are used for indoor flower arrangements.
    • Genus Lunaria, family Cruciferae
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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.


honesty is the best policy

proverb There are often practical as well as moral reasons for being honest.
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  • A reward scheme with a difference is being launched in North Yorkshire to show young people why honesty is the best policy.
  • There is no doubt that honesty is the best policy.
  • He needs to learn that honesty is the best policy.


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

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