dishonest

adjective
dis·​hon·​est | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈä-nəst also (ˌ)diz-\

Definition of dishonest

1 obsolete : shameful, unchaste
2 : characterized by lack of truth, honesty, or trustworthiness : unfair, deceptive

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dishonest

dishonestly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for dishonest

Synonyms

lying, mendacious, untruthful

Antonyms

honest, truthful, veracious

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of dishonest in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Policies that set dishonest prices or fudge budgets can fuel the growth of government and lure voters leftward. Steve H. Hanke And Stephen J.k. Walters, WSJ, "Lying Prices Keep America Hooked on Spending," 7 Jan. 2019 Amazon has reportedly used similar tactics in an attempt to catch dishonest delivery drivers. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Police use cameras and fake Amazon boxes with GPS to catch thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 Tripp's lawyer, Stuart Meissner, told Ars that his client is reiterating claims that the company has been allegedly dishonest with the public and with investors in statements regarding Model 3 production. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Tesla whistleblower tells SEC of alleged wrongdoing at Gigafactory," 11 July 2018 Their improper, dishonest, and unethical behavior must now be exposed. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 As a result of this — and, more importantly, skimming by dishonest operators — by the 1850s most American states had soured on lotteries. Jonathan D. Cohen, Vox, "How lottery money helped build the United States," 24 Oct. 2018 As an athlete who has never called for on-court coaching or used dishonest measures to win, Williams took offense. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Demanded the Apology All Black Women Deserve," 10 Sep. 2018 The press release is dishonest, says a person who works with Opportunity who requested anonymity because they’re not authorized to speak. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NASA says it wants to save the Mars Opportunity rover, but some close to the mission doubt it," 31 Aug. 2018 Trump blamed Tester for ‘‘shameful dishonest attacks on a great man, a friend of mine.’’ Tester is one of 10 Democrats running in states Trump won in 2016. Catherine Lucey And Matt Volz, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump urges senator’s ouster at rally for Montana Republican," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dishonest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dishonest

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dishonest

Middle English, from Anglo-French deshoneste, from des- dis- + honeste honest

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dishonest

Statistics for dishonest

Last Updated

14 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dishonest

The first known use of dishonest was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dishonest

dishonest

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dishonest

: saying or likely to say things that are untrue

: containing information that is untrue

: used to deceive someone

dishonest

adjective
dis·​hon·​est | \ dis-ˈä-nəst \

Kids Definition of dishonest

: not honest or trustworthy

Other Words from dishonest

dishonestly adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dishonest

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dishonest

Spanish Central: Translation of dishonest

Nglish: Translation of dishonest for Spanish Speakers

Comments on dishonest

What made you want to look up dishonest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

someone who never drinks alcohol

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!