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honest (the ordinary mod. sense is freq., as also are 1 and 3)
1. holding an honourable position, respectable Tp. III. iii. 34 “ lord,” Wiv. II. ii. 121 “Master Page is an man,” H8 IV. ii. 161 “ lord” ; hence (like ‘worthy’) a vague epithet of appreciation MND. III. i. 191 “Your name, gentleman?,” Cor. I. i. 65 “my good friends, mine honest neighbours.”
2. decent, seemly, befitting Wiv. I. i. 188, Meas. III. ii. 170, IV. iii. 189 “your company is fairer than ,” 1H4 III. iii. 194 “thou shalt find me tractable to any reason.”
3. chaste Wiv. IV. ii. 110 “Wives may be merry, and yet too,” &c., Oth. III. iii. 385; transf. Ado III. i. 84 “I'll devise some slanders” (‘some slanders which do not affect her virtue’, Wright).
4. genuine Wiv. IV. ii. 129* “Behold what clothes you send forth to bleaching!.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 3.3
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.3
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