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honest at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


honest at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1300, "respectable, decent, of neat appearance," also "free from fraud," from O.Fr. honeste (12c.), from L. honestus "honorable, respected," from honos (see honor). Main modern sense of "dealing fairly, truthful" is c.1400, as is sense of "virtuous." Phrase to make an honest woman of "marry a woman after seduction" is from 1629. ///

honest at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj ----------//
1 character:
2 statement/answer etc:
3 to be honest (with you):
4 honest!:
5 honest to God:
6 work:
7 ordinary good people:
8 make an honest woman (out) of somebody: ----------// [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: honeste, from Latin honestus, from honor; HONOR]//
1 CHARACTER: someone who is honest always tells the truth and does not cheat or steal// → dishonest// --He was a hard-working, honest man.// --Ann had an honest face.//
2 STATEMENT/ANSWER ETC: not hiding the truth or the facts about something// frank// --Do you want my honest opinion?// --an honest answer// -- Let's be honest : the only reason she married him was for his money.// honest with// --At least he was honest with you.// honest about// --She was always very honest about her feelings.//
3 to be honest (with you): spoken used when you tell someone what you really think// --To be honest, I don't like him very much.//
4 honest!: spoken used to try to make someone believe you// --I didn't mean to hurt him, honest!//
5 honest to God: spoken used to emphasize that something you say is true// --Honest to God, I wasn't there.//
6 WORK: honest work is done using your own efforts and without cheating// --I bet he's never done an honest day's work in his life!// --I'm just trying to earn an honest living .//
7 ORDINARY GOOD PEOPLE: honest people are not famous or special, but behave in a good, socially acceptable way// --She came from a good, honest, working-class background.//
8 make an honest woman (out) of sb: old-fashioned to marry a woman because you have had a sexual relationship with her//

honest at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

162 Moby Thesaurus words for "honest":
Christian, angelic, authentic, blameless, bona fide, candid,
card-carrying, clean, conscientious, creditable, decent,
dependable, dinkum, direct, dispassionate, equitable, erect,
estimable, ethical, explicit, fair, following the letter,
forthright, frank, full of integrity, genuine, godly, good,
high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable, honest-to-God,
honorable, immaculate, inartificial, incorruptible, ingenuous,
inviolate, irreproachable, just, law-abiding, law-loving,
law-revering, lawful, legitimate, lifelike, literal, manly, moral,
native, natural, naturalistic, noble, objective, on the level,
open, original, plain, plain-spoken, principled, proper, pure,
real, realistic, reliable, reputable, respectable, right,
right-minded, righteous, rightful, saintlike, saintly, scrupulous,
seraphic, simon-pure, simple, sincere, sound, spotless, square,
square-dealing, square-shooting, stainless, sterling, straight,
straightforward, sure-enough, true, true to life, true to nature,
true to reality, true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing,
true-souled, true-spirited, truehearted, trustworthy, trusty,
truthful, unadulterated, unaffected, unambiguous, unartificial,
unassumed, unassuming, unblemished, uncolored, unconcocted,
unconstrained, uncopied, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, uncounterfeited,
undefiled, undesigning, undisguised, undisguising, undissembled,
undistorted, unequivocal, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful,
unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined,
unimitated, unimpeachable, uninhibited, uninvented, unpretended,
unpretending, unpretentious, unqualified, unreserved, unrestrained,
unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unspotted, unstained,
unsullied, unsynthetic, untarnished, unvarnished, upright,
uprighteous, upstanding, valid, veracious, verbal, verbatim,
veridical, verisimilar, virtuous, word-for-word, worthy,

honest at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Veracity): veracity, truthfulness, frankness, truth, sincerity, candor, honesty, fidelity, plain dealing, bona fides , probity.

[ADJ] (Veracity): truthful, true, veracious, veridical, scrupulous, sincere, candid, frank, open, straightforward, unreserved, honest, trustworthy, guileless, pure, truth-loving, bona fide, undisguised, uncontrived.

[N] (Artlessness): artlessness, nature, simplicity, innocence, naivete, candor, sincerity, honesty, plain speaking.

[ADJ] (Artlessness): artless, natural, pure, simple, untutored, unaffected, naive, sincere, frank, open, candid, ingenuous, guileless, honest, innocent, straightforward, aboveboard.

[N] (Honesty): probity, integrity, uprightness, honesty, faith, honor, fairness, justice, equity, impartiality, even-handedness, incorruptibility, trustworthiness.

[ADJ] (Honesty): upright, honest, virtuous, honorable, fair, right, just, equitable, impartial, evenhanded, square, constant, faithful, loyal, staunch, true, true blue, true to one's colors, trusty, trustworthy, as good as one's word.

[N] (Purity): purity, decency, decorum, delicacy, continence, chastity, honesty, virtue, modesty, shame, virginity chaste, continent, virtuous, honest, Platonic, virgin, unsullied.

honest at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 always telling the truth, and never stealing or cheating:
an honest man / woman
2 ~ (about sth) | ~ (with sb) not hiding the truth about sth:
an honest answer * Are you being completely honest about your feelings? * Thank you for being so honest with me. * Give me your honest opinion. * The meeting was described as 'a frank and honest exchange of views'. * (spoken) To be honest (= what I really think is), it was one of the worst books I've ever read. * Let's be honest, she's only interested in Mike because of his money.
3 showing an honest mind or attitude:
She's got an honest face.
4 (of work or wages) earned or resulting from hard work:
He hasn't done an honest day's work in his life. * It's quite a struggle to make an honest living. * She claimed she was just trying to earn an honest penny.
HELP NOTE Use an, not a, before honest.
honest! (spoken) used to emphasize that you are not lying:
I didn't mean it, honest!
honest to God / goodness used to emphasize that what you are saying is true:
Honest to God, Mary, I'm not joking.
HELP NOTE Some people find this use offensive.
make an honest woman of sb (old-fashioned, humorous) to marry a woman after having had a sexual relationship with her

Honest at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Honest \Hon"est\, v. t. [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with
honor: cf. F. honester. See {Honest}, a.]
To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate,
or honorable. [Obs.] --Abp. Sandys.

Honest \Hon"est\, a. [OE. honest, onest, OF. honeste, oneste, F.
honn[^e]te, L. honestus, fr. honos, honor, honor. See
1. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming. --Chaucer.

Belong what honest clothes you send forth to
bleaching! --Shak.

2. Characterized by integrity or fairness and
straight?forwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.;
upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere;
free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said
of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral
quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an
honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business;
an honest book; an honest confession.

An honest man's the noblest work of God. --Pope.

An honest physician leaves his patient when he can
contribute no farther to his health. --Sir W.

Look ye out among you seven men of honest report.
--Acts vi. 3.

Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
--Rom. xii.

3. Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.

4. Chaste; faithful; virtuous.

Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. --Shak.

Syn: Upright; ingenuous; honorable; trusty; faithful;
equitable; fair; just; rightful; sincere; frank; candid;

honest at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or
fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"; "an
honest wage"; "honest weight" [syn: {honorable}] [ant:
2: without dissimulation; frank; "my honest opinion"
3: worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an
honest working stiff"; "a reliable source of information";
"he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are
those who trust me" [syn: {dependable}, {reliable}, {true(p)}]
4: free from guile; "his answer was simple and honest" [syn: {guileless}]
5: without pretensions; "worked at an honest trade"; "good
honest food"
6: habitually speaking the truth; "an honest man"; "a veracious
witness" [syn: {veracious}]
7: marked by truth; "gave honest answers"

honest at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » honeste|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » honestus|lang=la, from Inter: term » honor|lang=la. For the verb, see Inter: etyl » la Inter: len » a Inter: term » honestare to clothe or adorn with honour, and compare Inter: etyl » fr|- Inter: term » honester.


* Inter: a » RP Inter: IPA » /ˈɒnɪst/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˈɑnɪst/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-honest.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-adj » er|more

  • Inter: context » of a person or institution Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.
    1. : Were the most honest people you will ever come across.''
    2. Inter: context » of a statement True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.
    3. : an honest account of events; honest reporting
    4. In good faith; without malice.
    5. : an honest mistake
    6. Inter: context » of a measurement device Accurate.
    7. : an honest scale
    8. Authentic; full.
    9. : an honest days work''
    10. Earned or acquired in a fair manner.
    11. : an honest dollar


      * See also Category: Wikisaurus:honest -


      * dishonest

      Derived terms

      * honest as the day is long

  • honesty


    Inter: trans-top » scrupulous with regard to telling the truth
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|نزيه|m|tr=naziih
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|ազնիվ|tr=azniv
  • Basque: Inter: t+ » eu|zintzo
  • Cebuano: Inter: tø » ceb|matinod-anon
  • Chinese: Inter: zh-tsp » 誠實|诚实|chéngshí, Inter: t- » cmn|正直|tr=zhèngzhí|sc=Hani, Inter: zh-tsp » 老實|老实|lǎoshi
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|poctivý|m
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|ærlig
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|eerlijk
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|honesta
  • Estonian: Inter: t+ » et|aus
  • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|ærligur
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rehellinen
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|honnête
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|ehrlich, Inter: t+ » de|aufrichtig
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|τίμιος|m|tr=tímios, Inter: t+ » el|έντιμος|m|tr=éntimos
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|őszinte
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|heiðarlegur|m, Inter: t- » is|ráðvandur|m, Inter: t- » is|sómakær|m, Inter: t- » is|réttsýnn|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|macánta
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|onesto|m, Inter: t+ » it|onesta|f
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|正直|tr=しょうじき, shōjiki, Inter: t+ » ja|誠実|tr=せいじつ, seijitsu
    • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|honnête
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|ærlig
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|uczciwy|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|honesto|m, Inter: t+ » pt|honesta|f, Inter: t+ » pt|sincero|m, Inter: t+ » pt|sincera|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|cinstit, Inter: t+ » ro|onest
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|честный|tr=čéstnyj
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|ionraic, Inter: t- » gd|ceart
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|poctivý
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|honesto, Inter: t+ » es|sincero
    • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|halali
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|ärlig
    • Thai: Inter: t- » th|ซื่อสัตย์
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|snatik

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » of a statement: true, fair, unbiased
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rehellinen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » in good faith, without malice
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rehellinen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » of a measurement device: accurate
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rehellinen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » authentic, full
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rehellinen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » earned or acquired in a fair manner
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|rehellinen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|heiðarlega fenginn|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: obsolet » e To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.
    1. : Inter: rfquotek » Archbishop Sandys

      External links

      * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3

  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1

  • Translation: cy » honest
    Translation: de » honest
    Translation: et » honest
    Translation: el » honest
    Translation: es » honest
    Translation: fa » honest
    Translation: fr » honest
    Translation: ko » honest
    Translation: hr » honest
    Translation: io » honest
    Translation: it » honest
    Translation: kn » honest
    Translation: kk » honest
    Translation: ku » honest
    Translation: li » honest
    Translation: hu » honest
    Translation: mg » honest
    Translation: ml » honest
    Translation: my » honest
    Translation: ja » honest
    Translation: no » honest
    Translation: pl » honest
    Translation: pt » honest
    Translation: ru » honest
    Category: simple:honest -
    Translation: fi » honest
    Translation: sv » honest
    Translation: ta » honest
    Translation: te » honest
    Translation: tr » honest
    Translation: vi » honest
    Translation: zh » honest