Definition of honesty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɒnəsti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːnəsti//
[uncountable] Moral, Honest
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  • the quality of being honest She answered all my questions with her usual honesty. His honesty is not in question. See related entries: Moral, Honest
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French honeste, from Latin honestas, from honestus, from honos, honor. The original sense was ‘honour, respectability’, later ‘decorum, virtue, chastity’.Extra examples ‘Don’t you love me?’ ‘I don’t know,’ she said with brutal honesty. Are you questioning my honesty? He has the honesty and integrity to be chairman. I always expect total honesty from my employees. I appreciate your honesty about this. In all honesty, the book was not as good as I expected. She answered the questions with complete honesty. She had the honesty to admit her mother was right. Who in honesty can blame her? You need ruthless intellectual honesty about your own skills, weaknesses and motives. At least he had the honesty to admit he was wrong. She prided herself on her honesty. They have a reputation for scrupulous honesty.Idioms used to state a fact or an opinion which, though true, may seem disappointing The book isn't, in all honesty, as good as I expected. See related entries: Moral, Honest
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