honest vs reliable what difference

what is difference between honest and reliable

English

Etymology

From Middle English honest, honeste (honourable, appropriate, excellent), from Old French honeste, from Latin honestus, from honor. For the verb, see Latin honestāre (to clothe or adorn with honour), and compare French honester. Displaced Old English ferht (honest).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒnɪst/
    • (RP dated) IPA(key): /ˈɔːnɪst/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑnɪst/

Adjective

honest (comparative honester or more honest, superlative honestest or most honest)

  1. (of a person or institution) Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.
    • c. 1680, William Temple, Of Popular Discontents
      A true and honest physician is excused for leaving his patient, when he finds the disease grown desperate
  2. (of a statement) True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.
  3. In good faith; without malice.
  4. (of a measurement device) Accurate.
  5. Authentic; full.
  6. Earned or acquired in a fair manner.
  7. Open; frank.
  8. (obsolete) Decent; honourable; suitable; becoming.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
  9. (obsolete) Chaste; faithful; virtuous.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:honest

Antonyms

  • dishonest

Derived terms

  • honesty
  • keep someone honest
  • make an honest woman

Translations

Verb

honest (third-person singular simple present honests, present participle honesting, simple past and past participle honested)

  1. (obsolete) To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.
    • 1609, Ben Jonson, Epicœne, or The Silent Woman
      You have very much honested my lodging with your presence.

Adverb

honest (comparative more honest, superlative most honest)

  1. (colloquial) Honestly; really.
    It wasn’t my fault, honest.

Further reading

  • honest in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • honest in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Heston, Stheno, ethnos, oneths

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin honestus.

Adjective

honest (feminine honesta, masculine plural honests or honestos, feminine plural honestes)

  1. upright, decent, honorable

Derived terms

  • deshonest
  • honestament

Related terms

  • honestedat
  • honor

Further reading

  • “honest” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “honest” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “honest” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “honest” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

Middle English

Adjective

honest

  1. Alternative form of honeste (good)


English

Etymology

From Scottish raliabill, itself from to rely + -able

Pronunciation

  • enPR: rĭ-līʹə-bəl, IPA(key): /ɹɪˈlaɪəbəl/
  • Rhymes: -aɪəbəl

Adjective

reliable (comparative more reliable, superlative most reliable)

  1. Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependence, reliance or trust; dependable, trustworthy
    • 1855, Andrews Norton, Internal Evidences of the Genuineness of the Gospels
      a reliable witness to the truth of the miracles
    • February 18, 1800, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Report on Mr. Pitt’s Speech in Parliament of February 17, 1800, on the Continuance of the War with France (published in The Morning Post)
      the best means, and the most reliable pledge, of a higher object
    • According to General Livingston’s humorous account, his own village of Elizabethtown was not much more reliable, being peopled in those agitated times by unknown, unrecommended strangers, guilty-looking Tories, and very knavish Whigs.
  2. (signal processing, of a communication protocol) Such that either a sent packet will reach its destination, even if it requires retransmission, or the sender will be told that it didn’t

Synonyms

  • secure
  • dependable
  • trustworthy
  • trusty

Antonyms

  • unreliable

Derived terms

  • reliableness
  • reliably
  • semireliable

Related terms

  • reliability
  • reliance
  • rely

Translations

See also

  • Reliability on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Noun

reliable (plural reliables)

  1. Something or someone reliable or dependable
    the old reliables

Translations

Anagrams

  • Abrielle, Bellaire, lieberal

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