Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 939 (Probity)

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#939. Probity. -- N. probity, integrity, rectitude; uprightness &c. adj.; honesty, faith; honor; bonne foi[Fr], good faith, bona fides[Lat]; purity, clean hands.

fairness &c. adj.; fair play, justice, equity, impartiality, principle, even-handedness; grace.

constancy; faithfulness &c. adj.; fidelity, loyalty; incorruption, incorruptibility.

trustworthiness &c. adj.; truth, candor, singleness of heart; veracity &c. 543; tender conscience &c. (sense of duty) 926.

punctilio, delicacy, nicety; scrupulosity, scrupulousness &c. adj.; scruple; point, point of honor; punctuality.

dignity &c, (repute) 873; respectability, respectableness &c. adj; gentilhomme[Fr], gentleman; man of honor, man of his word; fidus Achates[Lat][obs], preux chevalier[Fr], galantuomo[It]; truepenny[obs], trump, brick; true Briton; white man * [U.S.].

court of honor, a fair field and no favor; argumentum ad verecundiam[Lat].

V. be honorable &c. adj.; deal honorably, deal squarely, deal impartially, deal fairly; speak the truth &c. (veracity) 543; draw a straight furrow; tell the truth and shame the Devil, vitam impendere vero[Lat]; show a proper spirit, make a point of; do one's duty &c. (virtue) 944.

redeem one's pledge &c. 926; keep one's promise, be as good as one's promise, be as good as one's word; keep faith with, not fail.

give and take, audire alteram partem[Lat], give the Devil his due, put the saddle on the right horse.

redound to one's honor.

Adj. upright; honest, honest as daylight; veracious &c. 543; virtuous &c. 944; honorable; fair, right, just, equitable, impartial, evenhanded, square; fair and aboveboard, open and aboveboard; white * [U.S.].

constant, constant as the northern star; faithful, loyal, staunch; true, true blue, true to one's colors, true to the core, true as the needle to the pole; "marble-constant" [Antony and Cleopatra]; true-hearted, trusty, trustworthy; as good as one's word, to be depended on, incorruptible.

straightforward &c. (ingenuous) 703; frank, candid, open-hearted.

conscientious, tender-conscienced, right-minded; high-principled, high-minded; scrupulous, religious, strict; nice, punctilious, correct, punctual; respectable, reputable; gentlemanlike[obs].

inviolable, inviolate; unviolated[obs], unbroken, unbetrayed; unbought, unbribed[obs].

innocent &c. 946; pure, stainless; unstained, untarnished, unsullied, untainted, unperjured[obs]; uncorrupt, uncorrupted; undefiled, undepraved[obs], undebauched[obs]; integer vitae scelerisque purus [Lat][Horace]; justus et tenax propositi [Lat][Horace].

chivalrous, jealous of honor, sans peur et sans reproche[Fr]; high- spirited.

supramundane[obs], unworldly, other-worldly, overscrupulous[obs].

Adv. honorable &c. adj.; bona fide; on the square, in good faith, honor bright, foro conscientiae[Lat], with clean hands.

Phr. "a face untaught to feign" [Pope]; bene qui latuit bene vixit [Lat][Ovid]; mens sibi conscia recti[Lat]; probitas laudatur et alget [Lat][obs][Juvenal]; fidelis ad urnam[Lat]; "his heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth" [Two Gentlemen]; loyaute m'oblige[Fr]; loyaute n'a honte[Fr]; "what stronger breastplate than a heart untainted?" [Henry VI].