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honest (adj.)

c. 1300, "respectable, decent, of neat appearance," also "free from fraud," from Old French oneste, honeste "virtuous, honorable; decent, respectable" (12c.; Modern French honnête), from Latin honestus "honorable, respected, regarded with honor," figuratively "deserving honor, honorable, respectable," from honos (see honor (n.)) + suffix -tus. Main modern sense of "dealing fairly, truthful, free from deceit" is c. 1400, as is sense of "virtuous, having the virtue of chastity" (of women). Phrase to make an honest woman of "marry (a woman) after seduction" is from 1620s.

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Definitions of honest

honest (adj.)
worthy of being depended on;
an honest working stiff
Synonyms: dependable / reliable / true
honest (adj.)
not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent;
honest reporting
honest lawyers
Synonyms: honorable
honest (adj.)
without dissimulation; frank;
my honest opinion
honest (adj.)
without pretensions;
worked at an honest trade
good honest food
honest (adj.)
marked by truth;
honest reporting
gave honest answers
honest (adj.)
not forged;
Synonyms: good
honest (adj.)
gained or earned without cheating or stealing;
an honest wage
Synonyms: fair
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