honest

The adjective honest is perfect for describing someone who tells the truth. If you're always honest, it means you're truthful and sincere no matter what.

Honest comes from the Latin word honestus, which means "honorable or respected," and around 1300, honest was popularly used to mean "respectable and of neat appearance." We don't use it these days to describe the way someone dresses, but instead how truthful they are, and sometimes to emphasize how simple and straightforward something is, like "good, honest home-cooked food."

Definitions of honest
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adj marked by truth

“gave honest answers”
honest reporting”
Synonyms:
true, truthful
expressing or given to expressing the truth

adj gained or earned without cheating or stealing

“an honest wage”
Synonyms:
fair
equitable, just
fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

adj not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

honest lawyers”
honest reporting”
Synonyms:
honorable
direct
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit
downright
characterized by plain blunt honesty
honorable, honourable
worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
artless, ingenuous
characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
sincere
open and genuine; not deceitful
square, straight
characterized by honesty and fairness
true
consistent with fact or reality; not false
trustworthy, trusty
worthy of trust or belief
Antonyms:
dishonest, dishonorable
deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
Janus-faced, ambidextrous, deceitful, double-dealing, double-faced, double-tongued, duplicitous, two-faced
marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
beguiling
misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods
deceitful, fallacious, fraudulent
intended to deceive
deceptive, misleading, shoddy
designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
false
designed to deceive
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
blackguardly, rascally, roguish, scoundrelly
lacking principles or scruples
thieving, thievish
given to thievery
dishonorable, dishonourable
lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
insincere
lacking sincerity
corrupt, crooked
not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
false
not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
untrustworthy, untrusty
not worthy of trust or belief
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adj not forged

Synonyms:
good
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit

adj without dissimulation; frank

“my honest opinion”
Synonyms:
sincere
open and genuine; not deceitful

adj without pretensions

“worked at an honest trade”
“good honest food”
Synonyms:
unpretentious
lacking pretension or affectation

adj worthy of being depended on

“an honest working stiff”
Synonyms:
dependable, reliable, true
trustworthy, trusty
worthy of trust or belief

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