Writing Assignment Three Revisited: Othello
Of persons: Held in honour; holding an honourable position; respectable.
to make an honest woman
): to marry (a woman) after seduction; also
without depreciatory reference, to marry.
(The sense may have
been associated with 3b ‘chaste’.)
As a vague epithet of appreciation or praise, esp. as used in a patronizing
way to an inferior. (Cf.
Of things, conditions, actions, etc.
Worthy of honour, honourable,
commendable; bringing honour, creditable.
Free from disgrace or reproach; respectable, decent, seemly, befitting,
Decent or respectable in appearance; without blemish; comely, ‘fair’; neat,
Of persons: Having honourable motives or principles; marked by
uprightness or probity.
In early use in a wide sense: Of good moral
character; virtuous, upright, well-disposed.
Chaste, ‘virtuous’; usually of a woman.
That deals fairly and uprightly in speech and act; sincere, truthful, candid;
that will not lie, cheat, or steal. (The prevailing modern sense, the ‘honest man’