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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]
References in classic literature ?
I like it well, Honest Simone; and, with your good leave, Will toast the fair Bianca when her lips Have like red rose-leaves floated on this cup And left its vintage sweeter.
Let me tell you, Saxon, honest to God, that was one of the times I wanted to go through the ropes an' drop them fans a-yellin' for blood an' show 'em what blood is.
Honest to God, Saxon, he don't like all his horses as much as I like the last hair on the last tail of the scrubbiest of the bunch.
An', Saxon, you was made for fancy shirtwaists an' all that, but, honest to God, I can't see you payin' for them that way.
That alters the case indeed, sir,' said I, 'as to that part you were speaking of; but a cuckold, you know, may be an honest man; it does not alter that case at all.
Why, I myself am on the way to Newark," quoth merry Robin, "so that, as two honest men are better than one in roads beset by such a fellow as this Robin Hood, I will jog along with thee, if thou hast no dislike to my company.
Why, as thou art an honest fellow and a rich fellow," said the Corn Engrosser, "I mind not thy company; but, in sooth, I have no great fondness for beggars.
Beyond this we come again to the open honest country, and so are more safe in our journeying.
Now, as thou art so honest a fellow, and, withal, so much younger than I am, I will tell thee that which I have told to no man in all the world before, and thus thou mayst learn never again to do such a foolish thing as to trust to beggar's garb to guard thee against Robin Hood.
The name of Corn Engrosser leaves a nasty taste upon the tongue of all honest men.
To make it easier to get started, Honest Dollar will waive its account fees through 2018.
We started carrying The Honest Company a few years ago and it's been a hit with our guests.