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
  1. adjective
    marked by truth
    “gave honest answers”
    honest reporting”
    Synonyms:
    true, truthful
    expressing or given to expressing the truth
  2. adjective
    gained or earned without cheating or stealing
    “an honest wage”
    synonyms: fair
    equitable, just
    fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
  3. adjective
    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
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    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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  4. adjective
    not forged
    synonyms: good
    echt, genuine
    not fake or counterfeit
  5. adjective
    without dissimulation; frank
    “my honest opinion”
    Synonyms:
    sincere
    open and genuine; not deceitful
  6. adjective
    without pretensions
    “worked at an honest trade”
    “good honest food”
    Synonyms:
    unpretentious
    lacking pretension or affectation
  7. adjective
    worthy of being depended on
    “an honest working stiff”
    synonyms: dependable, reliable, true
    trustworthy, trusty
    worthy of trust or belief
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