Hypertext Webster Gateway: "honest"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Honest \Hon"est\, v. t. [L. honestare to clothe or adorn with
honor: cf. F. honester. See {Honest}, a.]
To adorn; to grace; to honor; to make becoming, appropriate,
or honorable. [Obs.] --Abp. Sandys.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Honest \Hon"est\, a. [OE. honest, onest, OF. honeste, oneste, F.
honn[^e]te, L. honestus, fr. honos, honor, honor. See
1. Decent; honorable; suitable; becoming. --Chaucer.

Belong what honest clothes you send forth to
bleaching! --Shak.

2. Characterized by integrity or fairness and
straight?forwardness 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.

Look ye out among you seven men of honest report.
--Acts vi. 3.

Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
--Rom. xii.

3. Open; frank; as, an honest countenance.

4. Chaste; faithful; virtuous.

Wives may be merry, and yet honest too. --Shak.

Syn: Upright; ingenuous; honorable; trusty; faithful;
equitable; fair; just; rightful; sincere; frank; candid;

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or
fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"; "an
honest wage"; "honest weight" [syn: {honorable}] [ant:
2: without dissimulation; frank; "my honest opinion"
3: worthy of being depended on; "a dependable worker"; "an
honest working stiff"; "a reliable source of information";
"he was true to his word"; "I would be true for there are
those who trust me" [syn: {dependable}, {reliable}, {true(p)}]
4: free from guile; "his answer was simple and honest" [syn: {guileless}]
5: without pretensions; "worked at an honest trade"; "good
honest food"
6: habitually speaking the truth; "an honest man"; "a veracious
witness" [syn: {veracious}]
7: marked by truth; "gave honest answers"

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