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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
brutal honesty
▪ He replied with brutal honesty.
honesty box
▪ Will the erstwhile crimson-lipped peroxide devil-doll, the very anti-Madonna, be raging with paranoia and brutal honesty on her next record?
▪ And the brutal honesty of his observations is sometimes lost in the attempt to make the words themselves beautiful.
▪ This part of building a successful presentation demands a degree of intellectual honesty that may test even the most confident manager.
▪ This naturally takes a toll on intellectual honesty.
▪ Teachers need to retain intellectual honesty.
▪ "There's such an honesty about kids," says Eastin.
▪ Are you questioning my honesty?
▪ As a newspaper reporter I am committed to honesty and accuracy.
▪ He has a reputation for honesty and decency.
▪ Judy answered all the panel's questions with honesty and courage.
▪ the honesty of the song's lyrics
▪ But then his honesty about being HIV-positive is touchingly real and anything but theatrical.
▪ Neither is honesty an issue in politics.
▪ Others listen to find a rawness and honesty reminiscent of the punk music of their youth.
▪ Talk about impression management and honesty.
▪ That is, stress values like honesty, integrity and loyalty.
▪ These include theft and burglary, which involve questions of personal honesty.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lunaria \Lunaria\ prop. n. A small genus of European herbs of the mustard family, including the herb honesty ( Lunaria annua), which is also called moonwort and lunary.

Syn: genus Lunaria.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "splendor, honor; elegance," later "honorable position; propriety of behavior, good manners; virginity, chastity" (late 14c.), from Old French honesté (Modern French honnêteté), from Latin honestatem (nominative honestas) "honor received from others; reputation, character;" figuratively "uprightness, probity, integrity, virtue," from honestus (see honest). Meaning "moral purity, uprightness, virtue, justness" is from c.1400; in English, the word originally had more to do with honor than honest.


n. 1 (label en uncountable obsolete) Honor, decency, propriety. 2 (label en uncountable obsolete) chastity. 3 (label en uncountable) The act, quality, or condition of being honest 4 (label en countable) Any of various crucifers in the genus (taxlink Lunaria genus noshow=1), several of which are grown as ornamentals.

  1. n. the quality of being honest [syn: honestness] [ant: dishonesty]

  2. southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration [syn: silver dollar, money plant, satin flower, satinpod, Lunaria annua]


Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Furthermore, honesty means being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.

Honesty is valued in many ethnic and religious cultures. "Honesty is the best policy" is a proverb of Benjamin Franklin; however, the quote "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom" is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, as used in a letter to Nathaniel Macon.

Others have noted, however, that "[t]oo much honesty might be seen as undisciplined openness". For example, individuals may be perceived as being "too honest" if they honestly express negative opinions of others, either without having been asked their opinion, or having been asked in a circumstance where the response would be trivial.

Honesty (Curtis Mayfield album)

Honesty is a 1983 album by Curtis Mayfield.

Honesty (disambiguation)

Honesty is the human quality of communicating and acting truthfully and with fairness.

Honesty or honest may also refer to:

Honesty (Alex Parks song)

"Honesty" is the second and final single from Alex Parks' second album, and is the title track. It was released as a single on 23 January 2006. Despite hopes that it would revive interest in the album, it received little promotion or distribution, and peaked at #56 on the UK Singles Chart.

Honesty (Write Me a List)

"Honesty (Write Me a List)" is a song written by Patience Clemens and David Kent, and recorded by American country music artist Rodney Atkins. It was released in June 2003 as the third single from the album Honesty. This song was Atkins' fourth chart single, peaking at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart in 2004, giving Atkins his first Top 10 single. It also reached number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making it a minor crossover hit.

Honesty (Editors song)

"Honesty" is a song by British post-punk revival band Editors. It was released digitally on 25 November 2013, as the third single to promote the band's fourth studio album, The Weight of Your Love.

Honesty (Alex Parks album)

Honesty is Alex Parks' second album, co-written with producers Greg Wells, Alan Branch, John Reynolds and Peter-John Vettese, as well as songwriters Judie Tzuke, Karen Poole and Marcella Detroit. It was released on 24 October 2005.

The lead single "Looking for Water" was released prior to the album as an exclusively internet-download release, and failed to make the charts on downloads alone.

The album received mixed reviews and charted at number 24. There were hopes that a second single, the title track "Honesty", released on 23 January 2006, would revive interest in the album. However, the single received minimal promotion and radio airplay, despite strong video airplay on The Hits and B4, as well as limited distribution, and entered the chart at number 56.

Honesty represents a distinct shift in genre from Parks' first album Introduction, which was clearly in the commercial pop genre. Honesty is predominantly alternative folk pop with some rock and chill out influences, and includes a hidden track, "Tail and All", with a French samba rhythm.

Three very distinctive rock B-sides — "Near Death Experience", "Just Love" and "Black & White" — were released with the two singles from this album.

Honesty (Rodney Atkins album)

Honesty is the debut studio album released by American country music artist Rodney Atkins, released in 2003 on Curb Records. It is the second album that he recorded, as a self-titled album in 1997 was recorded for Curb but never issued.

Honesty produced four chart singles for Atkins on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts: "Sing Along" (No. 36), "My Old Man" (No. 37), "Honesty (Write Me a List)" (No. 4), and "Someone to Share It With" (No. 41). A fifth single, "Monkey in the Middle", failed to chart. This song and two others on the album were co-written by Brian Gowan, who recorded on Curb in 1997 in the duo Blake & Brian.

Honesty (Billy Joel song)

"Honesty" is a song by American singer and songwriter Billy Joel. Columbia Records released the song as the third single from his sixth studio album 52nd Street (1978) in 1979. "Honesty" was solely written by Joel, while production was handled by Phil Ramone. The song was not included on any of Joel's US-released compilation packages; however, it appears on the Dutch and Japanese editions of Greatest Hits Volume 2, replacing " Don't Ask Me Why" (1980). "Honesty" is a piano ballad that talks about the inherent lack of shame.

The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who generally praised its lyrics and piano instrumentation. It also received comparisons to other songs by Joel. "Honesty" peaked at number twenty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the album's third consecutive top forty hit. It was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of Japan for ringtone download sales of over 100,000 units. Joel performed the song live several times with Elton John and later with Bryan Adams. "Honesty" has been covered and sampled by various artists, most notably by American R&B recording artist, Beyoncé Knowles.

Usage examples of "honesty".

I certainly did not act towards them with a true sense of honesty, but if the reader to whom I confess myself is acquainted with the world and with the spirit of society, I entreat him to think before judging me, and perhaps I may meet with some indulgence at his hands.

Professor Upham, of the United States Geologic Survey, a man of unquestionable honesty and no mean authority generally, thinks that the cost alone demonstrates the futility of attempting the artesian system.

He saw in Bunce another subject whose disinterested honesty might be worth dissecting.

With their city government a cesspit, any such act of honesty qualifies as an act of courage.

For grown-up people the modern books which are sent out in such numbers, often very cheap, have likewise an artificial cityfied air so obviously got up and theatrical, such a mark of machinery on them, all stamped and chucked out by the thousand, that they have no attraction for a people who live with nature, and even in old age retain a certain childlike faith in honesty and genuine work.

He petted Coffa again in hopes of recapturing some of the vivacity and honesty of those days.

Then I could read on your face honesty, candour, good faith, and the noble assurance which arouses sentiment in those who can appreciate its charm.

I repeat that I suspect the honesty of Monsieur Jean de Courtois in this matter.

Ye are receiving this day a crowned covenanted king, pray for saving grace to him, and that God would deliver him and us, out of the hand of these cruel enemies, and bless his government, and cause us to live a quiet and peaceable life under him in all godliness and honesty.

And he who has been called the father of German painting is thoroughly German, not only in his Saxon honesty, sedateness, and strength, but in the curious mixture of simplicity, subtlety, homeliness, and fantasticalness, which are still found side by side in German genius.

I asked her whether she had any letters of recommendation, and she drew out of her pocket a parcel of papers containing seven or eight testimonials of good conduct and honesty, and a passport.

An old jeweler who lodged next door, and for whose honesty my landlady answered, told me it was worth a hundred and fifty guineas, and asked me to let him have it if I had no better offer.

There is here no imputation against the honesty of any writer, even when carelessness, exaggeration and inaccuracy are not only alleged, but demonstrated to exist.

Lady Appleton had yet to make her personal acquaintance, but Jennet was never one to let honesty stand in the way of a good story.

Yet nothing else had been taken, and I gave Colonel Mang and his stooge credit for honesty and professionalism, despite Pushy trying to shake me down for twenty bucks.