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.,
- Obs. 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 . Also called satin flower .
(countable and uncountable, plural honesties)
From Old French honesté (French: honnêteté) (honest + -y).