how to describe a person who sticks to principles

Discussion in 'English Only' started by nytas, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. nytas Senior Member

    beijing, China
    chinese
    Hi everyone, I wonder how you describe a person who sticks to principles, but also ready to admit his mistakes?
     
  2. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    Stoke on Trent
    England and English
    hi

    this will depend a lot on the context,but the first things that come to my mind are :
    "a good sort"
    "decent bloke"
    "a man of integrity"
     
  3. nytas Senior Member

    beijing, China
    chinese
    Thanks suzi br:)
    Then I've another question. How do you native people describe a person who is reluctant to admit his mistakes?


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  4. nytas Senior Member

    beijing, China
    chinese
    and another question, suzi br. Is "a good sort" a general term referring to a good guy or just referring to the kind of person i described in the first post?
     
  5. mgarizona

    mgarizona Senior Member

    Phoenix, AZ
    US - American English
    I would describe them as "principled."
     
  6. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    Stoke on Trent
    England and English

    good sort IS more general than just the type you outlined here.

    I think your questions are showing that we are short of a couple of words to exactly sum up this sort of person and the opposite, unless someone else can come up with a word that ONLY serves the purpose.
     
  7. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    I agree. Also, "a man of good character".
     
  8. Joelline

    Joelline Senior Member

    USA (W. Pennsylvania)
    American English
    Principled and reasonable.
     
  9. sonal.bahl Junior Member

    Santiago, Chile
    English, Hindi, India
    Yep, I would say 'principled' and 'open-minded' or just 'open'.
     
  10. Nullomore Senior Member

    English (USA), Cantonese (Hong Kong)
    You can also say "highly moral" or just "moral" if you're referring to moral principles.
     
  11. JediMaster Senior Member

    USA
    English, United States
    I like this alternative the best, but you might want to say "principled but reasonable" for clarity.

    These are more common in BE than in the states. The first would be acceptable but may come off as slightly stilted, but I don't know of any native speaker in the States that refers to anyone as a "bloke," so it depends on what type of English you're shooting for.
     
  12. elroy

    elroy Motley mod

    Chicago, IL
    American English, Palestinian Arabic
    I don't think the "but" is necessary; it makes it sound as though "principled" and "reasonable" were normally mutually exclusive.

    Another suggestion for the second word is "rational."
     
  13. JediMaster Senior Member

    USA
    English, United States
    According to their definitions, they aren't, but recently it seems that their connotated meanings have been starting to become "mutually exclusive" (which by the way I think is absurd), but I agree with your statement.
     
  14. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    ... ethical
    ... honest
     
  15. elroy

    elroy Motley mod

    Chicago, IL
    American English, Palestinian Arabic
    Upstanding.
     
  16. Victoria32

    Victoria32 Senior Member

    New Zealand
    English (UK) New Zealand
    I would describe such a person as principled and honest....
     
  17. Porteño Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    British English
    In today's sleaze-ridden world 'a shining light' would seem to fit the bill.
     
  18. Dr.Appalayya

    Dr.Appalayya Senior Member

    Hyderabad, India
    India;Telugu
    Stickler for principles, austere, upright
     
  19. digs New Member

    English
    An individual who has integrity can be described as being "virtuous" (aka of good virtue or moral excellence).
     
  20. Driven

    Driven Senior Member

    USA/English
    Principled and humble.
     
  21. Porteño Senior Member

    Buenos Aires
    British English
    Righteous.
     

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