upright
I. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. perpendicular, vertical b. erect in carriage or posture c. having the main axis or a main part perpendicular <
upright freezer
>
2. marked by strong moral rectitude <
an upright citizen
>
uprightly adverbuprightness noun Synonyms: upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable mean having or showing a strict regard for what is morally right. upright implies a strict adherence to moral principles <
a stern and upright minister
>
. honest stresses adherence to such virtues as truthfulness, candor, fairness <
known for being honest in business dealings
>
. just stresses conscious choice and regular practice of what is right or equitable <
workers given just compensation
>
. conscientious and scrupulous imply an active moral sense governing all one's actions and painstaking efforts to follow one's conscience <
conscientious in the completion of her assignments
>
<
scrupulous in carrying out the terms of the will
>
. honorable suggests a firm holding to codes of right behavior and the guidance of a high sense of honor and duty <
a difficult but honorable decision
>
. II. adverb Date: 12th century vertically upward ; in an upright position III. noun Date: 1683 1. the state of being upright ; perpendicular <
a pillar out of upright
>
2. something that stands upright; especially a football goalpost — usually used in plural 3. upright piano

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  • Upright — Up right , a. [AS. upright, uppriht. See {Up}, and {Right}, a.] 1. In an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward; as, an upright tree. [1913 Webster] With chattering teeth, and bristling hair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upright — [up′rīt΄; ] for adj. and adv., also [ up rīt′] adj. [ME < OE upriht: see UP1 & RIGHT] 1. standing, pointing, or directed straight up; in a vertical or perpendicular position; erect 2. honest and just; honorable adv. in an upright position or… …   English World dictionary

  • upright — upright, honest, just, conscientious, scrupulous, honorable are comparable when they are applied to men or their acts and words and mean having or exhibiting a strict regard for what is morally right. Upright implies manifest rectitude and an… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Upright — Up right , n. 1. Something standing upright, as a piece of timber in a building. See Illust. of {Frame}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Basketwork) A tool made from a flat strip of steel with chisel edges at both ends, bent into horseshoe, the opening… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • upright — ► ADJECTIVE 1) vertical; erect. 2) greater in height than breadth. 3) strictly honourable or honest. 4) (of a piano) having vertical strings. ► ADVERB ▪ in or into an upright position. ► NOUN 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • upright — O.E. upriht, from up up + riht right. Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages (Cf. O.Fris. upriucht, M.Du. oprecht, O.H.G. ufreht, Ger. aufrecht, O.N. uprettr). Figurative sense of good, honest is first attested 1520s. The noun in …   Etymology dictionary

  • upright — [adj1] straight up cocked, end on, end up, erect, on end, perpendicular, plumb, raised, sheer, standing, stand up, steep, straight, upended, upstanding, upward, vertical; concepts 581,583 Ant. fallen, lying, prone upright [adj2] honorable, honest …   New thesaurus

  • upright — I adjective aboveboard, candid, circumspect, conscientious, erect, estimable, ethical, fair, forthright, good, guileless, highly principled, honest, honestus, honorable, incorruptible, integer, just, laudable, legitimate, moral, probus, pure,… …   Law dictionary

  • upright — I UK [ˈʌpraɪt] / US [ˈʌpˌraɪt] adverb * sitting or standing with a straight back The dog was sitting upright on its hind legs. sit/stand bolt upright (= suddenly sit or stand very straight): Jenny sat bolt upright when she heard the noise.… …   English dictionary

  • upright — up|right1 [ ʌp,raıt ] adverb * in or into a steady correct position: We struggled to keep the boat upright. a. in or into a straight standing position: Pictures were propped upright against all the walls. b. sitting or standing with a straight… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • upright — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ be, sit, stand ▪ rows of children sitting upright at their desks ▪ come, jerk, shoot, spring …   Collocations dictionary

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