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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.

Definitions of honesty
  1. noun
    the quality of being honest
    synonyms: honestness
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    Antonyms:
    dishonesty
    the quality of being dishonest
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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
  2. noun
    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
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    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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