how to describe a person who sticks to principles

  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    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"
     

    nytas

    Senior Member
    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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    nytas

    Senior Member
    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?
     

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    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?


    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.
     

    Nullomore

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

    JediMaster

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

    "a good sort"
    "decent bloke"
    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.
     

    elroy

    Imperfect mod
    US English, Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    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."
     

    JediMaster

    Senior Member
    USA
    English, United States
    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."
    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.
     

    digs

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