English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Integr- (the root of ) + integr(ity) (adjectival suffix: “full of, characterised by, possessing”). -ous
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Adjective [ edit ]
integrous ( comparative , more integrous superlative ) most integrous
( rare ) Having or characterized by integrity.
1899, Arthur Christopher Benson, The Life of Edward White Benson, Sometime Archbishop of Canterbury, page 435 (Macmillan)
No doubt hard, no doubt proud, unpleasant in self-esteem, and singularly blind to much of what was going on, and yet such a high-minded and
integrous woman, […]
1968, Joseph Frank, Hobbled Pegasus: A Descriptive Bibliography of Minor English Poetry, 1641–1660, page 221 (University of New Mexico Press)
And Smiths of Policie shall invent,
To cast new Molds of Government;
While vulgar Birds, of weakest wing,
Grow stout against the Eagle King,
integrous heart shall prove The Adamant of Subjects love.
2007, Tanya Levin, People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of a Life in and Out of Hillsong, pages 266–267 ( Black Inc.; ISBN 1863954147, 978-1863954143)
He concluded by writing that ‘Hillsong is the most
integrous church in the country, and its leadership is above reproach’.
Usage notes [ edit ]
In common usage,
is much more common than its adjectival form, integrity integrous. Most speakers and writers opt for an etymologically unrelated synonym — such as  , honest , or decent — when trying to express an adjectival equivalent of virtuous integrity.
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