There is no Indo-European root for HONEST or HONOR,
nor is there any HONOR (fairness) in the root of HONESTY.
Latin honos and honor mean esteem, dignity
and repute not moral virtue. Greek onos is a price. A man of HONOR
was a man of wealth, which may or may not have been won
With the semantic shift from prestige and financial repute
to ethical repute, one has to go to HONORARIUM (a professional payment, such
as a barristers fee) to find the financial root of HONOR. HOAN in Proverbs
means wealth and plenty. HOAN is wealth in Psalms 112:3.
HONESTATION means adornment, not virtue. An
HONORARY degree or other HONORIFIC is too often awarded to a wealthy donor
more than an HONORABLE one.
German Honarar means
fee, royalties or salary. If there is an Edenic root for an H-N HONEST word it
might be from a guttural shift of Kahf-Noon, KaiN (honest, upright Genesis
[suru] is to be prosperous.
Proverbs 18:11 הון עשׁיר קרית עזו וכחומה נשׂגבה במשׂכיתו׃
The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.