How to pronounce


The word "integrity" can be pronounced with attention to its phonetic components, which are slightly different between British and American English. Here are the IPA transcriptions for each:

  • American Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛɡrɪti/
    • Begins with the /ɪn/ sound, where the mouth is slightly open and the tongue is near the front of the mouth but not touching the roof.
    • Followed by the /ˈtɛɡ/ part, with the 't' sound produced by a quick touch of the tongue to the alveolar ridge behind the upper front teeth, and the 'ɛɡ' sounding like 'egg'.
    • Ends with the /rɪti/ sound, starting with the 'r' sound, where the tongue curves up without touching the roof of the mouth, followed by a short 'i' sound as in 'bit', and concluding with the 'ti' sound, pronounced 'tee'.
  • British Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛɡrɪti/
    • Very similar to the American pronunciation with minor variations primarily in the quality of the vowels. The main difference is often in the articulation of the 'r' and the vowels, but for "integrity," the pronunciation guidelines are essentially the same.

Definition of


Integrity (n): The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It can also refer to the state of being whole and undivided, indicating completeness or unity.

What does it mean


The word "integrity" comes from the Middle French "integrité," which derived from the Latin "integritatem" (nominative "integritas"), meaning "soundness, wholeness, completeness," and from "integer" meaning "whole, complete." Originally, in Latin, "integer" was used in a moral sense as well, meaning "untouched, undiminished, untouched, pure, entire." The English language adopted the word in the early 15th century, carrying over both the moral and the literal senses of wholeness and completeness. Over time, "integrity" has come to be closely associated with moral uprightness and ethical conduct.

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