dis·​hon·​est | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈä-nəst How to pronounce dishonest (audio) also (ˌ)diz- \

Definition of dishonest

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

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dishonestly adverb

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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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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 That said, Manchin's op-ed is still blatantly dishonest. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 4 Sep. 2021 And there’s been just this real intellectually dishonest conversation about it. Rick Pearson,, 30 June 2021 Many concepts had similar locations on multiple axes: kind-cruel and honest-dishonest, for instance. James Somers, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 The current tax posture of our progressive friends is partly irresponsible, partly ignorant, and partly dishonest. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 30 Oct. 2021 Ruby Pierce, an independent who lives in Berryville, was shopping for a candidate who’s neither extreme nor dishonest. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 If consumer protection law succeeds in muting inaccurate and dishonest sustainability claims, the market advantage will swing rapidly to brands that truly have something to say. Jessi Baker, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Although the careless, suicidal Julian English in Appointment in Samarra and the careless, incurably dishonest Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby seem equally improbable candidates for self-respect, Jordan Baker had it, Julian English did not. Joan Didion, Vogue, 22 Oct. 2014 In fact, almost half (46%) of employees feel that their company's efforts to be empathetic toward employees are dishonest. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021

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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

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14 Jan 2022

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“Dishonest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of dishonest

: saying or likely to say things that are untrue
: containing information that is untrue
: used to deceive someone


dis·​hon·​est | \ dis-ˈä-nəst How to pronounce dishonest (audio) \

Kids Definition of dishonest

: not honest or trustworthy dishonest advertising

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dishonestly adverb

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