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

dishonestly

adverb

Examples of dishonest in a Sentence

  1. She gave dishonest answers to our questions.

  2. dishonest kids who lie about their ages in order to get into R-rated movies

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Origin and Etymology of dishonest

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

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

DISHONEST Defined for English Language Learners

dishonest

adjective

Definition of dishonest for English Language Learners

  • : saying or likely to say things that are untrue

  • : containing information that is untrue

  • : used to deceive someone


DISHONEST Defined for Kids

dishonest

adjective dis·hon·est \ dis-ˈä-nəst \

Definition of dishonest for Students

:not honest or trustworthy

dishonestly

adverb


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