early 14c., "splendor, honor; elegance," later "honorable position; propriety of behavior, good manners; virginity, chastity" (late 14c.), from Old French honesté (Modern French honnêteté), from Latin honestatem (nominative honestas) "honor received from others; reputation, character;" figuratively "uprightness, probity, integrity, virtue," from honestus (see honest). Meaning "moral purity, uprightness, virtue, justness" is from c. 1400; in English, the word originally had more to do with honor than honest.
1. We like him for his honesty, his lack of pretension.
2. Her eyes stared into his with an expression of absolute honesty.
3. The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing.
4. She had an unshakeable faith in human goodness and natural honesty.
5. But in all honesty, I wish it had never happened.