- The definition of honesty is the quality of being truthful.
An example of honesty is telling the truth even after doing something wrong.
- the state or quality of being honest; specif.,
- Obsolete honor
- a refraining from lying, cheating, or stealing; a being truthful, trustworthy, or upright
- sincerity; fairness; straightforwardness
- Archaic chastity
- any of a genus (Lunaria) of plants of the crucifer family, with purple and white flowers and large, flat, oval pods; esp., a plant (L. annua) whose pods are used in winter bouquets
Origin of honestyMiddle English honeste ; from Old French honesté ; from Classical Latin honestas ; from honestus
- The quality or condition of being honest; integrity.
- Truthfulness; sincerity: in all honesty.
- Archaic Chastity.
- Botany A Eurasian plant (Lunaria annua) in the mustard family, cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round, flat, papery, silver-white seedpods. Also called money plant, satin flower.
(countable and uncountable, plural honesties)
- (uncountable) The act, quality, or condition of being honest; to be truthful
- Any of various crucifers in the genus Lunaria, several of which are grown as ornamentals.
From Old French honesté (French: honnêteté) (honest + -y).