‘Honesty’ covers a family of virtues of truthfulness. These include:-
1. Forthrightness, the disposition to volunteer truth when it might otherwise have been kept to oneself.
2. Promise-keeping, the desire to keep one’s word and to do what one has said he will do.
3. Intellectual honesty, the willingness of an enquirer to follow evidence and arguments wherever they may lead, even at a threat to cherished traditions and opinions.
4. Sincerity, the honesty that expresses one’s feelings and needs truly, so that one does not say one is sorry if one is not, or give the appearance of wanting to help when one does not.
5. Self-transparency, honesty about oneself, especially one’s feelings, desires and preferences, which is basic to self-knowledge and to mature selfhood.
See New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology, art ‘Honesty’