Forthright vs. Honest

By Jaxson

  • Honest

    Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.

    Honesty is valued in many ethnic and religious cultures. “Honesty is the best policy” is a proverb of Benjamin Franklin, while the quote “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, as used in a letter to Nathaniel Macon.

    William Shakespeare famously describes honesty as an attribute people leave behind when he wrote that “no legacy is so rich as honesty” in act 3 scene 5 of “All’s Well that Ends Well.”

    Others have noted, however, that “[t]oo much honesty might be seen as undisciplined openness”. For example, individuals may be perceived as being “too honest” if they honestly express the negative opinions of others, either without having been asked their opinion, or having been asked in a circumstance where the response would be trivial.

  • Forthright (adjective)

    Straightforward, not evasive, candid and direct.

    “The witness was considered eminently credible thanks to her forthright answers.”

  • Forthright (adjective)

    Frank, outspoken.

  • Forthright (adjective)

    Markedly simple.

  • Forthright (adjective)

    Fixed, settled, decided.

  • Forthright (adjective)

    Proceeding straight forth.

  • Forthright (noun)

    A straight path.

  • Forthright (adverb)

    Expressly, frankly, unhesitatingly.

  • Forthright (adverb)

    At once, forthwith.

  • Forthright (adverb)


  • Forthright (adverb)

    Straight forward, in a straight direction.

  • Honest (adjective)

    Scrupulous with regard to telling the truth; not given to swindling, lying, or fraud; upright.

    “We’re the most honest people you will ever come across.”

  • Honest (adjective)

    True, especially as far as is known by the person making the statement; fair; unbiased.

    “an honest account of events; honest reporting”

  • Honest (adjective)

    In good faith; without malice.

    “an honest mistake”

  • Honest (adjective)


    “an honest scale”

  • Honest (adjective)

    Authentic; full.

    “an honest day’s work”

  • Honest (adjective)

    Earned or acquired in a fair manner.

    “an honest dollar”

  • Honest (adjective)

    Open; frank.

    “an honest countenance”

  • Honest (adjective)

    Decent; honourable; suitable; becoming.

  • Honest (adjective)

    Chaste; faithful; virtuous.

  • Honest (verb)

    To adorn or grace; to honour; to make becoming, appropriate, or honourable.

  • Honest (adverb)

    Honestly; really.

    “It wasn’t my fault, honest.”


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