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Definition of HONEST

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Honest \Hon"est\, v. t. [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with honor: cf. F. honester. See {Honest}, a.] To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable. [Obs.] --Abp. Sandys. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Honest \Hon"est\, a. [OE. honest, onest, OF. honeste, oneste, F. honn[^e]te, L. honestus, fr. honos, honor, honor. See {Honor}.]
     1. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Belong what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching!                            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Characterized by integrity or fairness and
        straightforwardness in conduct, thought, speech, etc.; upright; just; equitable; trustworthy; truthful; sincere; free from fraud, guile, or duplicity; not false; -- said of persons and acts, and of things to which a moral quality is imputed; as, an honest judge or merchant; an honest statement; an honest bargain; an honest business; an honest book; an honest confession. [1913 Webster]

              An honest man's the noblest work of God. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              An honest physician leaves his patient when he can contribute no farther to his health.  --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

              Look ye out among you seven men of honest report.
                                                    --Acts vi. 3. [1913 Webster]

              Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
                                                    --Rom. xii.
                                                    17. [1913 Webster]

     3. Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.
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     4. Chaste; faithful; virtuous.
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              Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. --Shak.

     Syn: Upright; ingenuous; honorable; trusty; faithful; equitable; fair; just; rightful; sincere; frank; candid; genuine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

162 Moby Thesaurus words for "honest":
     Christian, angelic, authentic, blameless, bona fide, candid, card-carrying, clean, conscientious, creditable, decent, dependable, dinkum, direct, dispassionate, equitable, erect, estimable, ethical, explicit, fair, following the letter, forthright, frank, full of integrity, genuine, godly, good, high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable, honest-to-God, honorable, immaculate, inartificial, incorruptible, ingenuous, inviolate, irreproachable, just, law-abiding, law-loving, law-revering, lawful, legitimate, lifelike, literal, manly, moral, native, natural, naturalistic, noble, objective, on the level, open, original, plain, plain-spoken, principled, proper, pure, real, realistic, reliable, reputable, respectable, right, right-minded, righteous, rightful, saintlike, saintly, scrupulous, seraphic, simon-pure, simple, sincere, sound, spotless, square, square-dealing, square-shooting, stainless, sterling, straight, straightforward, sure-enough, true, true to life, true to nature, true to reality, true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing, true-souled, true-spirited, truehearted, trustworthy, trusty, truthful, unadulterated, unaffected, unambiguous, unartificial, unassumed, unassuming, unblemished, uncolored, unconcocted, unconstrained, uncopied, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, uncounterfeited, undefiled, undesigning, undisguised, undisguising, undissembled, undistorted, unequivocal, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unimagined, unimitated, unimpeachable, uninhibited, uninvented, unpretended, unpretending, unpretentious, unqualified, unreserved, unrestrained, unromantic, unsimulated, unspecious, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, unsynthetic, untarnished, unvarnished, upright, uprighteous, upstanding, valid, veracious, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, virtuous, word-for-word, worthy, yeomanly


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