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Honest, (comp. “--er:” Ado III, 5, 16. All's III, 5, 82. H4B II, 4, 414. H6B IV, 7, 55. Cor. IV, 5, 52. Sup. “--est:” All's III, 5, 77) 1) upright, true in words and deeds: “pawned h. looks, but laid no deeds to gage,” Lucr. 1351. “all my h. faith in thee is lost,” Sonn. 152, 8. “Germans are h. men,” Wiv. IV, 5, 74. “h. as the skin between his brows,” Ado III, 5, 13 (a proverbial phrase; cf. Germ. eine ehrliche Haut). “I that am h., I that hold it sin to break the vow,” LLL IV, 3, 177. V, 2, 413. Mids. V, 438. Merch. II, 2, 7. As III, 3, 26. Tw. IV, 2, 10. Wint. IV, 4, 862. H4B V, 1, 50. H4B V, 1, 50 H6B IV, 7, 55. Mcb. I, 3, 125. IV, 2, 55. Oth. III, 3, 381 etc. Often applied in a very latitudinarian sense, == fair, good, brave: “my h. lads, I will tell you,” Wiv. I, 3, 42. “to desire this h. gentlewoman to speak a good word,” I, 4, 87. “an h., willing, kind fellow,” I, 4, 87 “minime, h. master,” LLL III, 61. “h. Dull,” V, 1, 162. “some h. neighbours will not make them friends,” Mids. III, 1, 148. “your name, h. gentleman?” Mids. III, 1, 148 “in these h. mean habiliments,” Shr. IV, 3, 172. H4B V, 3, 58. H4B V, 3, 58 Cor. I, 1, 63 etc.
2) honorable, respectable: “h. lord,” Tp. III, 3, 34. “once again I do receive thee h.” Gent. V, 4, 78. “h. Master Page,” Wiv. I, 1, 67. “an h. gentleman,” I, 4, 177. “Master Page is an h. man,” II, 2, 121. “having an h. man to your husband,” III, 3, 107. III, 2, 88. Meas. V, 263. Err. V, 19. Ado II, 3, 20. Merch. III, 1, 14. As III, 3, 8. Shr. III, 2, 195. IV, 5, 69. H4B II, 4, 414. III, 2, 61. H8 IV, 2, 160. Caes. I, 2, 258. V, 5, 71. Oth. III, 3, 103 etc.
3) decent, fair, proper, becoming: “I thank thee for thine h. care,” Gent. III, 1, 22. “I'll ne'er be drunk but in h., civil, goodly company,” Wiv. I, 1, 187. “behold what h. clothes you send forth,” IV, 2, 126. “if it be h. you have spoke, you have courage to maintain it,” Meas. III, 2, 166. “your company is fairer than h.” IV, 3, 185. “I'll devise some h. slanders,” Ado III, 1, 84. “tractable to any h. reason,” H4A III, 3, 194.
4) chaste, not loose and wanton: “she is pretty, and h. and gentle,” Wiv. I, 4, 148. “if I find her h., I lose not my labour,” II, 1, 247. “though she appear h. to me,” II, 2, 230. “your wife is as h.” III, 3, 236. “wives may be merry, and yet h. too,” IV, 2, 107. “the h. woman, the modest wife,” IV, 2, 107 “an h. woman,” Meas. II, 1, 73. “with words that in an h. suit might move,” Err. IV, 2, 14. “those that she makes fair she scarce makes h.” As I, 2, 40. III, 3, 28. All's III, 5, 77. All's III, 5, 77 All's III, 5, 77 III, 6, 119. Wint. II, 1, 68. Wint. II, 1, 68 II, 3, 70. Cor. IV, 5, 52. Rom. II, 1, 28. Tim. IV, 3, 113. Hml. III, 1, 103. Oth. III, 3, 384. IV, 2, 12. IV, 2, 12 Ant. I, 5, 16 etc.
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