Honest
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. [1913 Webster]

4. Chaste; faithful; virtuous. [1913 Webster]

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]


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