honesty


honesty
honesty, honor, integrity, probity are comparable when meaning uprightness as evidenced in character and actions.
Honesty implies refusal to lie, steal, defraud, or deceive
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you can rely on his honesty

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he is a man of scrupulous honesty

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this crisis will be surmounted if the Church has the faith and courage, and, above all, the common honesty, to face it candidly— Inge

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was not greatly pleased with Lincoln, though admitting his honesty and fair capability— W. C. Ford

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Honor (see also FAME) adds to honesty the implication of high-mindedness or a nice sense of allegiance to the standards of one's profession, calling, or position
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business honor is the foundation of trade

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I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honor more— Lovelace

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the fourth generation of Ralstons had nothing left in the way of convictions save an acute sense of honor in private and business matters— Wharton

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a national administration of such integrity . . . that its honor at home will ensure respect abroad— Eisenhower

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Integrity implies such rectitude that one is incorruptible or incapable of being false to a trust or a responsibility or to one's own standards
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his unimpeachable integrity as treasurer of a widows' and orphans' fund— Hawthorne

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the poet's sense of responsibility to nothing but his own inner voice, is perhaps his only way of preserving poetic integrity against the influences of a perverse generation—Day Lewis

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Probity stresses tried or proved honesty or integrity
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that sort of probity which such men as Bailey possess— Keats

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probity in domestic policy and wise judgment in foreign policy— E. Stevenson

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Analogous words: veracity, *truth, verity: uprightness, justness, conscientiousness, scrupulousness (see corresponding adjectives at UPRIGHT): candidness or candor, openness, plainness, frankness (see corresponding adjectives at FRANK): reliability, trustworthiness, dependability (see corresponding adjectives at RELIABLE): rectitude, virtue, *goodness
Antonyms: dishonesty
Contrasted words: untruthfulness, deceitfulness, mendaciousness or mendacity (see corresponding adjec-tives at DISHONEST): guile, duplicity, *deceit

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  • honesty — [än′is tē] n. [ME honeste < OFr honesté < L honestas < honestus] 1. the state or quality of being honest; specif., a) Obs. honor b) a refraining from lying, cheating, or stealing; a being truthful, trustworthy, or upright c) sincerity;… …   English World dictionary

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