Definition of Honest

1. Adjective. Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent. "Honest reporting"

2. Adjective. Without dissimulation; frank. "My honest opinion"
Similar to: Sincere
Derivative terms: Honestness

3. Adjective. Worthy of being depended on. "I would be true for there are those who trust me"

4. Adjective. Without pretensions. "Good honest food"
Similar to: Unpretentious

5. Adjective. Marked by truth. "Honest reporting"
Similar to: True, Truthful
Derivative terms: Honestness

6. Adjective. Not forged. "A good dollar bill"
Exact synonyms: Good
Similar to: Echt, Genuine

7. Adjective. Gained or earned without cheating or stealing. "An fair penny"
Exact synonyms: Fair
Similar to: Equitable, Just

Definition of Honest

1. a. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming.

2. v. t. To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate, or honorable.

Definition of Honest

1. Adjective. (context: of a person or institution) Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a statement) True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased. ¹

3. Adjective. In good faith; without malice. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of a measurement device) Accurate. ¹

5. Adjective. Authentic; full. ¹

6. Adjective. Earned or acquired in a fair manner. ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete) To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable. ¹

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Definition of Honest

1. truthful [adj -ESTER, -ESTEST] : HONESTLY [adv] - See also: truthful

Medical Definition of Honest

1. 1. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming. "Belong what honest clothes you send forth to bleaching!" (Shak) 2. Characterised 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. "An honest man's the noblest work of God." (Pope) "An honest physician leaves his patient when he can contribute no farther to his health." (Sir W. Temple) "Look ye out among you seven men of honest report." (Acts vi. 3) "Provide things honest in the sight of all men." (Rom. Xii. 17) 3. Open; frank; as, an honest countenance. 4. Chaste; faithfuk; virtuous. "Wives may be merry, and yet honest too." (Shak) Synonym: Upright, ingenuous, honorable, trusty, faithful, equitable, fair, just, rightful, sincere, frank, candid, genuine. Origin: OE. Honest, onest, OF. Honeste, oneste, F. Honnete, L. Honestus, fr. Honos, honor, honor. See Honor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Honest

hone in on
honest broker
honest injun
honest injuns
honest to God
honest woman

Literary usage of Honest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1883)
"honest. Then said Mr. honest, I cry you mercy; I feared that you had been of the company of those that some time ago did rob Little-faith of his money ..."

2. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"CHAPTER XVIII That Amongst the Americans All honest Callings Are Honorable AMONGST a democratic people, where there is no hereditary wealth, every man works ..."

3. Publications by Oxford Historical Society (1907)
"Mr. Prince & Mr. Leigh, two honest Men, Fellows of the College *, put up ... Whereas it is hinted above that Mr. Prince of New College is an honest Man, ..."

4. Othello: A Tragedy in Five Acts by William Shakespeare, Tommaso Salvini, James Henry Mapleson (1876)
"... a free and open nature, too, That thinks men honest that but seem to be so; I have't—it is engendered:—Hell and night Hust bring this monstrous birth to ..."

5. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1875)
"THAT AMONGST THE AMERICANS ALL honest CALLINGS AEE HONOURABLE. AMONGST a democratic people, where there is no hereditary wealth, every man works to earn a ..."

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