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Borrowed from Old French honesté (compare modern French honnêteté) (honest +‎ -y); the plant, from the visibility of the seeds through the translucent pods.



honesty (countable and uncountable, plural honesties)

  1. (uncountable, countable) The act, quality, or condition of being honest.
    academic / artistic / emotional / intellectual honesty
    brutal / devastating / searing honesty
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 2,[1]
      There’s no trust,
      No faith, no honesty in men; all perjured,
      All forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.
    • 1787, George Colman, Junior, Inkle and Yarico, London: G.G.J. & J. Robinson, Act 2, p. 45,[2]
      O give me your plain dealing Fellows
      Who never from honesty shrink;
      Not thinking on all they shou’d tell us,
      But telling us all that they think.
    • 1883, Oscar Wilde, The Duchess of Padua, London: Methuen, 5th edition, 1916, Act I, p. 20,[3]
      [...] Are you honest, boy?
      Then be not spendthrift of your honesty,
      But keep it to yourself; in Padua
      Men think that honesty is ostentatious, so
      It is not of the fashion.
    • 1965, George Steiner, “Dying is an Art” in Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature and the Inhuman, New York: Atheneum, 1986, p. 295,
      To those who knew her and to the greatly enlarged circle who were electrified by her last poems and sudden death, she had come to signify the specific honesties and risks of the poet’s condition.
  2. (uncountable, countable, obsolete) Honor; decency, propriety.
  3. (uncountable, countable, obsolete) Chastity.
  4. (countable) Any of various crucifers in the genus Lunaria, several of which are grown as ornamentals, particularly Lunaria annua.


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  • honesty in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.