English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'honest'

(adjective) 
Definition
truthful and moral in behaviour
My dad was the most honest man I have ever met.
Synonyms
trustworthy
He is a trustworthy, level-headed teacher.
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upright
a very upright, trustworthy man
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reliable
She was efficient and reliable.
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ethical
Would it be ethical to lie to save a person's life?
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honourable
I believe she is an honourable person.
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conscientious
I admired this noble, conscientious man.
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reputable
Buy your car through a reputable dealer.
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truthful
We are all fairly truthful about our personal lives.
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virtuous
The president is portrayed as a virtuous family man.
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trusty
a trusty member of the crew
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scrupulous
I have been scrupulous about telling them the truth.
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high-minded
The President's hopes were high-minded, but too vague.
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Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
open and sincere in relationships and attitudes
I was honest about what I was doing.
Synonyms
open
She has an open, trusting nature.
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direct
She avoided giving a direct answer.
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frank
They had a frank discussion about the issue.
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plain
his reputation for plain speaking
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straightforward
I was impressed by his straightforward intelligent manner.
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sincere
He accepted her apologies as sincere.
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candid
a candid account of her life in the limelight
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forthright
She was known for her forthright manner.
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upfront (informal)
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undisguised
He looked down at Bauer in undisguised disgust.
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ingenuous
He seemed too ingenuous for a reporter.
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Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
gained or earned fairly
It was an honest mistake on his part.
Synonyms
genuine
They are convinced the painting is genuine.
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real
the smell of real leather
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true
Everything I had heard about him was true.
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straight
You need to be straight with them to gain their respect.
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fair
I wanted them to get a fair deal.
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proper
Two out of five people do not have a proper job.
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authentic
patterns for making authentic border-style clothing
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equitable
the equitable distribution of social wealth
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on the level (informal)
There were moments where you wondered if anyone was on the level.
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bona fide
We are happy to donate to bona fide charitable causes.
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dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
He was a fair dinkum bloke with no pretensions.
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above board
My financial dealings were always above board.
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fair and square
We were beaten fair and square.
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on the up and up
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honest to goodness
Opposites

Quotations

To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand [William ShakespeareHamlet]
An honest man's the noblest work of God [Alexander PopeAn Essay on Man]An honest man's word is as good as his bond [CervantesDon Quixote]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of above board
Definition
completely honest and open
My financial dealings were always above board.
Synonyms
upfront (informal),
on the level (informal),
kosher (informal),
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
fair and square,
on the up and up,
honest to goodness
in the sense of authentic
Definition
of undisputed origin or authorship
patterns for making authentic border-style clothing
Synonyms
on the level (informal),
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
the real McCoy,
true-to-life,
in the sense of bona fide
Definition
undertaken in good faith
We are happy to donate to bona fide charitable causes.
Synonyms
on the level (informal),
kosher (informal),
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
the real McCoy

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