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

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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

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But there are many people in the press that are unbelievably dishonest. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump holds solo news conference, defends bashing press," 9 June 2018 Almost half of Republicans complained that Democrats were lazier than other Americans, more dishonest, closed-minded, and immoral. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Four Rules for Learning How to Talk To Each Other Again," 25 May 2018 Trump will continue to walk the line between dishonest, uninformed, and inarticulate in a way that keeps people guessing. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The 4 stories that drove this week in politics," 30 Mar. 2018 The title of Francine Prose’s new essay collection is a bit dishonest. Brooke Allen, WSJ, "‘What to Read and Why’ Review: Essential Reading . . . and Less," 28 June 2018 This pledge did not fall off my radar in the shameful and dishonest way that the Academy's attorneys are alleging and may well be presented to you as a justification for my termination. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow Accused by Fired Staffer of Funneling Funds Away From MusiCares Charity," 23 May 2018 Cassavetes as Guy is a young man on the make—dishonest, privileged, mean. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "‘Rosemary’s Baby’ 50 Years Later," 23 May 2018 So, the man has a motive to lie and is dishonest, Benkley wrote. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sexism, bribery allegations against West Allis officials are unsubstantiated, ADA says," 16 May 2018 For [opponent] [Balukoff] to try and suggest otherwise is dishonest. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Could Paulette Jordan of Idaho Become the Country’s First Native American Governor?," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of dishonest

: not honest or trustworthy

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