honesty Definition

  • 1the quality of being truthful and sincere
  • 2the state of being free from deceit or fraud

Using honesty: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "honesty" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Honesty is the best policy.

  • Example

    She is known for her honesty and integrity.

  • Example

    The company values honesty and transparency in all its dealings.

honesty Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with honesty

  • used to emphasize that what one is saying is true or sincere


    To be honest, I don't think we can finish this project on time.

  • an error made unintentionally and without any intent to deceive or mislead


    I'm sorry for the delay, it was an honest mistake on my part.

  • brutal honesty

    the act of being completely honest, even if it may be hurtful or unpleasant


    I appreciate your brutal honesty, even though it's hard to hear.

Origins of honesty

from Old French 'honesté', from Latin 'honestas', meaning 'honor, dignity, respectability'


Summary: honesty in Brief

The term 'honesty' [ˈɑːnəsti] refers to the quality of being truthful and sincere, and the state of being free from deceit or fraud. It is often used in phrases like 'to be honest,' emphasizing sincerity, and 'honest mistake,' indicating an unintentional error. 'Honesty' is valued in personal and professional contexts, as exemplified by 'She is known for her honesty and integrity.'

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