1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.

3. a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship’s hull.

1400–50;  late ME integrite  < L integritās. See integer-ity

1.  rectitude, probity, virtue. See honor.

1.  dishonesty.

My personal twist on the definition? When your behavior matches your philosophy. Antonym? Hypocrisy.



3 thoughts on “integrity”

  1. thank you kindly – this i believe is part of what is done ‘to us’ – i tried to ‘believe in it’, without success, but as i’ve lived in relationship with him, somehow the integrity of my hull was restored?

  2. A lot of ‘honesty’ and ‘being honest’ comments in the video -which I agree with – but the last comment “Do what you say, say what you do” is a great way to sum it up.

    Taking from the “Being whole” definition about architecture and such, human ‘integrity’ is about doing/saying the right things for the right reasons.

    Anyone can be ‘honest’ (as in saying truthful information) but might be doing it for less than decent reasons. That the ‘good’ act/words/deed are driven by ‘good’ motives.

  3. Integrity means to me being consistent in demeanor and action when receiving praise or criticism.

    I would sum it up as, “Say what you mean and mean and what you say.”

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