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From honor, honos (honor or honour, esteem) +‎ -tus.



honestus (feminine honesta, neuter honestum, comparative honestior, superlative honestissimus); first/second-declension adjective

  1. Full of or regarded with honor/honour; honorable/honourable, of high birth, noble, distinguished, respectable, eminent.
  2. Bringing or deserving honor or honour; worthy, creditable, respectable; decent, virtuous.
  3. (of one's appearance) Fine, handsome, beautiful, becoming, noble.


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative honestus honesta honestum honestī honestae honesta
Genitive honestī honestae honestī honestōrum honestārum honestōrum
Dative honestō honestō honestīs
Accusative honestum honestam honestum honestōs honestās honesta
Ablative honestō honestā honestō honestīs
Vocative honeste honesta honestum honestī honestae honesta


  • (antonym(s) of honorable or honourable): inhonestus

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  • honestus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • honestus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • honestus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • honestus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to live (all) one's life (honourably, in the country, as a man of learning): vitam, aetatem (omnem aetatem, omne aetatis tempus) agere (honeste, ruri, in litteris), degere, traducere