adjective \(ˌ)dis-ˈä-nəst also (ˌ)diz-\

: saying or likely to say things that are untrue

: containing information that is untrue

: used to deceive someone

Full Definition of DISHONEST

obsolete :  shameful, unchaste
:  characterized by lack of truth, honesty, or trustworthiness :  unfair, deceptive
dis·hon·est·ly adverb

Examples of DISHONEST

  1. She gave dishonest answers to our questions.
  2. <dishonest kids who lie about their ages in order to get into R-rated movies>


Middle English, from Anglo-French deshoneste, from des- dis- + honeste honest
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DISHONEST

dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud <a swindle usually involves two dishonest people>. deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing <the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse>. mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths <mendacious tales of adventure>. untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality <an untruthful account of their actions>.


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