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What is the one word that best describes a true friend?

Asked by Mutable (208points) January 7th, 2011

What one characteristic do your “true” friends all seem to have in common? Also, what one thing should a true friend never do? I have a friend that has really done me wrong! I am contemplating ending the friendship.

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john65pennington's avatar

I think dedication just about covers it all. a true friend is dedicated to you, no matter what. period.

iamthemob's avatar

I was torn between loyalty and honesty, but I think @worriedguy nails it – I would say “trustworthy,” as it indicates a proven pattern of both.

ucme's avatar

Wife :¬)

Cruiser's avatar

A true friend stands by their friends through thick and thin, forgives and forgets, and looks pat the warts and all. Most of all they are there for you 24/7 especially when you need them most.

marinelife's avatar

Relaxation. A true friend is someone you can totally be yourself around.

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Coloma's avatar

Integrity and self esteem.

A true friend will settle for nothing less, within themselves and others.

This means being healthy enough, and evolved enough to call each other on bullshit and not expect a friend to look away from themselves or you, when it comes to accountability.

Fuck up and I am not going to enable you, as the best gift I can bring to my relationships is total honesty.

Mutable's avatar

Many great responses here…. trust, loyal, dedication, dependability, relaxation, wife, integrity and self-esteem. Thank you all so much. The one answer that really surprised me was “mirror”.... WOW, what a great answer! The more I think about it, all any of us want is to receive back what we give….friendship, support, trust, dependability, loyalty, integrity, etc. I think ‘Mirror” says it all. Thanks again!!

hotgirl67's avatar

In my opinion loyalty is the best quality because if they are a true friend they will be with you through the good times and bad times.

Aster's avatar

Loving and all that word entails.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

Generosity. Not generosity in stuff but in heart.

Crossroadsgrl's avatar

Yes, available…

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Honest, thus a true friend should never lie.

Crossroadsgrl's avatar

I love what Coloma said also
I will NOT enable you.

My very close friend entered a treatment center for depression and alcoholism.

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Inspired_2write's avatar

A true friend understands and gives the benefit of the doubt before abandoning the friendship for good.

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