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honesty

a purple-flowered SE European plant, Lunaria annua, cultivated for its flattened silvery pods, which are used for indoor decoration: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

Honesty

Alethia
ancient Greek personification of truth. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 18]
Better Business Bureau
nationwide system of organizations investigating dishonest business practices. [Am. Commerce: Misc.]
bittersweet
traditional symbol of truth. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
Boffin, Nickodemus
despite personal loss, endows patron’s son. [Br. Lit.: Our Mutual Friend]
Bunker, Edith
her uprightness frequently conflicts with Archie’s opportunism. [TV: “All in the Family” in Terrace, I, 47–48]
cherry tree
young George Washington’s admission of chopping it down was proof of his honesty. [Am. Legend: Misc.]
chrysanthemum
symbol of truth. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173; Kunz, 330]
Cordelia
though it costs her an inheritance, she refuses to say that she could love her father exclusively. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare King Lear]
Cranmer, Thomas
a meek, patient, honest churchman. [Br. Lit.: Henry VIII]
Diogenes
(c. 412–323 B.C.) philosopher; fabled lantern-carrying searcher for an honest man. [Gk. Hist.: Hall, 104]
Edgar
truthful, straightforward character; does no evil. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
John of Gaunt
overly blunt uncle of Richard II. [Br. Lit.: Richard II]
Lenox, John
his straight-forward dealings win Harum’s approval. [Am. Lit.: David Harum]
Lincoln, Abraham
(1809–1865) 16th U.S. president; nicknamed “Honest Abe.” [Am. Hist.: Kane, 525]
Melantius
honest soldier; trusts everyone until shown other-wise. [Br. Lit.: The Maid’s Tragedy]
open book
signified spreading of truth by text and doctrine. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 13]
Pure, Simon
character in Centlire play (1718). [Br. Lit.: Bold Stroke for a Wife]
Trelawney, Squire
sincere, genuine ship-owner; benevolent authority. [Br. Lit.: Treasure Island]
Truman, Harry
(1884–1972) 33rd U.S. president who, despite much controversy over his policies, is remembered for impeccable honesty and plain speaking. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2793]
truth serum
drug inducing one to speak uninhibitedly. [Science: Brewer Dictionary, 1105]
Una
personification of honesty; leads lamb and rides white ass. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Washington, George
(1732–1799) first U.S. president; reputed to have said, “Father, I cannot tell a lie.” [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2933]
white chrysanthemum
traditional symbol of truth. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 333]
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But the Moscow significance of the word "honest" was lost on Alexey Alexandrovitch.
Stepan Arkadyevitch believed most positively that the committee in which he was trying to get an appointment was a new, genuine, and honest public body, but that morning when Volgarinov had-- intentionally, beyond a doubt--kept him two hours waiting with other petitioners in his waiting room, he had suddenly felt uneasy.
Nay, fair Bianca, I will buy the robe, And all things that the honest merchant has I will buy also.
Honest Simone, Wool-selling or wool-gathering is for you.
"Honest to God, Saxon," he took up the broken thread, "they's times when I've hated them, when I wanted to jump over the ropes and wade into them, knock-down and drag-out, an' show'm what fightin' was.
Honest, I ain't any kind of a hunch who's gain' to win, we're that even.
And indeed as soon as I saw his friend, and he began but to talk of the affair, I was fully satisfied that I had a very honest man to deal with; his countenance spoke it, and his character, as I heard afterwards, was everywhere so good, that I had no room for any more doubts upon me.
When I came he made several proposals for my placing my money in the bank, in order to my having interest for it; but still some difficulty or other came in the way, which he objected as not safe; and I found such a sincere disinterested honesty in him, that I began to muse with myself, that I had certainly found the honest man I wanted, and that I could never put myself into better hands; so I told him with a great deal of frankness that I had never met with a man or woman yet that I could trust, or in whom I could think myself safe, but that I saw he was so disinterestedly concerned for my safety, that I said I would freely trust him with the management of that little I had, if he would accept to be steward for a poor widow that could give him no salary.
But it was only the mint-master's honest share of the coinage.
"There, son Sewall!" cried the honest mint-master, resuming his seat in Grandfather's chair, "take these shillings for my daughter's portion.
The woman was cowed and went off disconsolately, hanging her head; and the governor said to the man, "Honest man, go home with your money, and God speed you; and for the future, if you don't want to lose it, see that you don't take it into your head to yoke with anybody." The man thanked him as clumsily as he could and went his way, and the bystanders were again filled with admiration at their new governor's judgments and sentences.
But after Robin left the little dell he strode along merrily, singing as he went; and so blithe was he and such a stout beggar, and, withal, so fresh and clean, that every merry lass he met had a sweet word for him and felt no fear, while the very dogs, that most times hate the sight of a beggar, snuffed at his legs in friendly wise and wagged their tails pleasantly; for dogs know an honest man by his smell, and an honest man Robin was-- in his own way.