Bridgetymology – Integrity

THE WORD INTEGRITY IS A VIRTUOUS TERM THAT CONSIDERS HONESTY, CONVICTION, AND MORAL STANDARDS.

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT THE HISTORICAL ORIGIN OF THE WORD, HOW IT IS DEFINED, AND HOW IT’S DEFINITION GREW OVER TIME TO INCLUDE THE VARIOUS MEANINGS OF THE WORD.

HERE AT BRIDGET, WE’RE HUGE FANS OF EXPANDING OUR VOCABULARY AND BECOMING BETTER COMMUNICATORS. THAT IS WHY TODAY, KESHIIA  BREAKS DOWN THE WORD ‘INTEGRITY’.

define integrity

MIRRIAM-WEBSTER DEFINES INTEGRITY AS:

1. FIRM ADHERENCE TO A CODE OF ESPECIALLY MORAL OR ARTISTIC VALUES : INCORRUPTIBILITY

2. AN UNIMPAIRED CONDITION : SOUNDNESS

3. THE QUALITY OR STATE OF BEING COMPLETE OR UNDIVIDED : COMPLETENESS

etymology of integrity

INTEGRITY IS DERIVED FROM THE LATIN WORD INTEGER. BROKEN DOWN EVEN FURTHER INTO ITS ORIGINAL ROOT WORDS, INTEGER LITERALLY MEANS “UNTOUCHED,’ OR INTACT: IT COMES FROM THE ROOTS  IN- “NOT” + TANGERE “TO TOUCH” . IE. UNTOUCHED.

INTEGER A WORD THAT BRANCHED INTO FOUR SEPARATE WORDS BEFORE TURNING INTO THE MODERN WORD “INTEGRITY”: INTEGER TURNED INTO THE LATIN INTEGRITAS MEANING LITERALLY “WHOLENESS, COMPLETENESS,” FIGURATIVELY “PURITY, CORRECTNESS, BLAMELESSNESS,”  INTEGER WAS ALSO ADOPTED INTO THE FRENCH AND ENGLISH LANGUAGES BECOMING INTEGRITE AND INTEGER OR INTEGRATE (RESPECTIVELY).

THE FRENCH WORD, AND I MAY BUTCHER THE PRONUNCIATION… INTEGRITE CAME TO BE SOMETIME AROUND 140IT MEANT, “INNOCENCE, BLAMELESSNESS; CHASTITY, PURITY,” IT WAS A TERM MEANT TO EXEMPLIFY A SENSE OF WHOLENESS, IN OTHER WORDS, A PERFECT CONDITION.  BY THE 1540’S INTEGRITE WAS A WORD THAT BY DEFINITION DESCRIBED SOUNDNESS OF MORAL PRINCIPLE AND CHARACTER; ENTIRE UPRIGHTNESS OR FIDELITY, ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO TRUTH AND FAIR DEALING.

integer (n.)

REMEMBER HOW I MENTIONED THAT THE ORIGINAL ROOT WORD INTEGER MEANS INTACT OR WHOLE?  IN ENGLISH, THE LATIN ROOT INTEGER ENDURED AND CAME TO DESCRIBE THE MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLE OF “A WHOLE NUMBER”. IN OTHER WORDS, A NUMBER, UNTOUCHED OR UNBROKEN.  THIS IS A DEFINITION THAT CONTINUES TO BE USED IN MODERN TIMES AND CONTINUES TO REPRESENT ANY NUMBER THAT IS NOT A FRACTION.

THE LAST STOP ON THIS BRANCH OF FOUR… IS THE SECOND ENGLISH WORD BIRTHED FROM THE ORIGINAL LATIN ROOT WORD… AND IT’S ONE THAT, FOR ME, BRINGS THE ENTIRE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF INTEGRITY’S DEFINITION FULL CIRCLE.  IT IS THE WORD INTEGRATE AND LITERALLY MEANS “BRINGING TOGETHER”.

perspective

INTEGRITY AS DERIVED FROM IT’S ETYMOLOGY MEANS INTACT, WHOLE, AND COMPLETE. IT ALSO MEANS PURITY, BLAMELESS, UPRIGHT, TRUE, AND FAIR. IF YOU COMBINE THE TWO, IT SIMPLY MEANS COMPLETELY PURE OR COMPLETELY BLAMELESS.

NOWADAYS, IT CAN BE MORE RELATED TO VALUES. VALUES THAT YOU BELIEVE IN, VALUES THAT YOU TRULY FEEL ARE RIGHT AND IMPORTANT. HAVING INTEGRITY IS INTEGRATING THIS VALUE TOWARDS YOUR OUTER LIFE. IT REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON, OR HOW FIRMLY ADHERED YOU ARE TO YOUR MORALS.

INTEGRITY IS A PERSON’S MORAL COMPASS, A PERSONAL TRAIT THAT MANY ADMIRE, A CHARACTER THAT BUILDS THE REPUTATION OF A PERSON.

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