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Words used to describe honest and sincere people and behaviour - thesaurus

Synonyms

honest

adjective

a person who is honest does not tell lies or cheat people, and obeys the law

sincere

adjective

sincere words, feelings, ways of behaving etc are true and honest

fine

adjective

a fine person is good and honest

genuine

adjective

honest, friendly and sincere

decent

adjective

behaving towards other people in an honest, fair, and nice way

truthful

adjective

a truthful person says what is true and does not lie

principled

adjective

honest and responsible about what you do and how you treat other people

irreproachable

adjective

very honest and morally good, and impossible to criticize

good

adjective

honest and morally correct

upstanding

adjective

formal honest and deserving respect

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artless

adjective

very sincere and willing to trust other people

as clean as a whistle

completely honest or legal

blunt

adjective

saying what is true or what you think, even if this offends or upsets people

bluntly

adverb

speaking in a direct and honest way, even if this offends or upsets people

brutal

adjective

extremely honest, in a way that seems unkind

candid

adjective

honest and direct, even when the truth is not pleasant

close to the bone

telling the truth about a subject that people prefer not to think about, in a way that may offend or upset people

confiding

adjective

giving information in an open way that shows you trust someone

direct

adjective

saying what you really think in a very clear and honest way

directly

adverb

in a very clear and honest way that shows what you really think

fair dinkum

real or honest

forthright

adjective

saying what you think and feel directly and honestly, without being afraid of other people’s reactions

frank

adjective

honest about the situation or your opinions, even if this offends people

frankly

adverb

in an open, honest, and direct manner

genuine

adjective

used about people

genuinely

adverb

honestly, or in a sincere way

guileless

adjective

formal always behaving honestly and expecting other people to be honest

honest

adjective

used about the things that someone says and does

honestly

adverb

in a way that is honest and moral

lily-white

adjective

informal completely honest and moral

Mr Clean

noun

Americaninformal an honest person who always obeys rules and laws. This word sometimes shows that you dislike people like this.

natural

adjective

honest rather than false

noble

adjective

behaving in an honest and brave way that other people admire

on the level

honest

on the up and up

American honest and not trying to trick anyone

open

adjective

used about someone who is honest and does not keep things secret

openly

adverb

in a direct or honest way that makes something obvious

outspoken

adjective

an outspoken person states their opinion honestly, even if other people do not like it

plain

adjective

expressing what you think honestly, using simple, direct language

plainly

adverb

in a direct and honest way, without trying to hide anything

plain-spoken

adjective

saying what you think directly and honestly but without being rude

reputable

adjective

generally considered to be honest and reliable

scrupulous

adjective

very careful to be honest and to do what is morally correct

simple

adjective

honest and ordinary

sincere

adjective

talking and acting in a way that shows you really mean what you say and do

sincerely

adverb

really, or honestly

sportsmanlike

adjective

fair and honest when playing sports

squeaky clean

adjective

informal always behaving in a completely moral and honest way

stainless

adjective

not spoilt by anything immoral or dishonest

straight

adjective

honest and true

straight

adverb

informal in an honest way

straightforward

adjective

clear and honest

(straight) from the heart

being completely honest about your feelings

straight talking

talking in an honest and direct way

trustworthy

adjective

able to be trusted as being honest, safe, or reliable

unaffected

adjective

sincere and natural in your behaviour

unstudied

adjective

unstudied behaviour is natural and sincere

upfront

adjective

informal completely honest and not trying to hide anything

up front

adverb

if you tell someone something up front, you are very honest from the beginning about something that might affect them

upright

adjective

someone who is upright always behaves in an honest way

white

adjective

informal completely fair or honest

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