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hon·est

honest

 
 
pronunciation:
a nihst
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: truthful or sincere.
In describing himself, he was completely honest.Thinking him to be an honest person, I believed him.He decided to be honest about his past life and tell her everything.Please be honest with me this time; I need to know the truth.
synonyms:
candid, sincere, straightforward, truthful, veracious
antonyms:
deceitful, dishonest, insincere, lying
similar words:
artless, direct, earnest, foursquare, frank, genuine, guileless, ingenuous, open, plain-spoken, right, straight, straight-out
definition 2: honorable and upright, as in one's actions or dealings.
They run an honest business and they've never taken bribes.Being so honest, she told her boss that she had been overpaid.
synonyms:
straight, upright, upstanding
antonyms:
corrupt, crooked, cunning, deceitful, dirty, dishonest, fraudulent, scheming, shady, shifty, sneaky, unscrupulous, venal
similar words:
aboveboard, decent, earnest, ethical, honorable, law-abiding, moral, reputable, respectable, right, trustworthy
definition 3: not deceptive or misrepresented.
The act was an honest gesture of friendship.
synonyms:
authentic, bona fide, candid, frank, sincere, true, truthful, valid, veracious
antonyms:
deceitful, dishonest, fraudulent, insincere, tricky
similar words:
earnest, genuine, guileless, legitimate, reliable, straight, straight-out, straightforward
definition 4: fair or just.
Under that corrupt regime, one was lucky to get an honest judge.
synonyms:
candid, equitable, fair, just
antonyms:
corrupt
similar words:
clean, disinterested, even, evenhanded, impartial, objective, right, square, unbiased
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  • honesty:
    the condition of being honest.
  • honestly:
    in an honest way.
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