ADJ. absolute, complete, scrupulous, total I always expect total honesty from my employees. | transparent | brutal, painful, ruthless ‘Don't you believe me?’ ‘I don't know, ’ she said with painful honesty. | disarming | intellectual You need ruthless intellectual honesty about your own skills, weaknesses and motives.
VERB + HONESTY have She had the honesty to admit her mother was right. | lack | expect
PREP. in ~ (= honestly) Who in honesty can blame her? | with ~ She answered the questions with complete honesty. | ~ about I appreciate your honesty about this.
PHRASES honesty and integrity He has the honesty and integrity to be chairman. | in all honesty (= used to say sth which, though true, may seem disappointing) In all honesty, the book was not as good as I expected.