honesty

If you tell the truth, you possess the quality of honesty. If someone offers a harsh criticism of your latest attempt at songwriting, you might say, "Thank you for your honesty." Even if you don't mean it.

The original meaning of honesty had more to do with honor than truthfulness, although the two are naturally linked. The trait of honesty has been prized for centuries, and Shakespeare once wrote, "Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself." The honesty flower, sometimes called the money plant, is so named because its coin-shaped seedpods are translucent, the idea of transparency symbolizing integrity.

Primary Meanings of honesty

1.
n
the quality of being honest
2.
n
southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration
Full Definitions of honesty
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n the quality of being honest

Synonyms:
honestness
Antonyms:
dishonesty
the quality of being dishonest
Types:
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scrupulousness
conformity to high standards of ethics or excellence
integrity
moral soundness
incorruption, incorruptness
characterized by integrity or probity
incorruptibility
the incapability of being corrupted
candidness, candor, candour, directness, forthrightness, frankness
the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
good faith, straightness
having honest intentions
truthfulness
the quality of being truthful
sincerity
the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical
sooth
truth or reality
probity
complete and confirmed integrity; having strong moral principles
veracity
unwillingness to tell lies
ingenuousness
openly straightforward or frank
Type of:
righteousness
adhering to moral principles
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n southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration

Synonyms:
Lunaria annua, money plant, satin flower, satinpod, silver dollar
Type of:
herb, herbaceous plant
a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests

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