integrous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Integr- (the root of integr(ity)) + -ous (adjectival suffix: “full of, characterised by, possessing”).

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Adjective[edit]

integrous (comparative more integrous, superlative most integrous)

  1. (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,
      Whose just 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, integrity is much more common than its adjectival form, integrous.[1] Most speakers and writers opt for an etymologically unrelated synonym — such as honest, decent, or virtuous — when trying to express an adjectival equivalent of integrity.

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