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 The department is accusing Mr. Jaynes of being dishonest in the search warrant application, said his lawyer Thomas Clay, who plans to fight the termination. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Louisville Moves to Fire Two Officers Connected to Breonna Taylor Shooting," 30 Dec. 2020 It’s the most dishonest doc moment since When the Levees Broke, when Spike Lee let paranoid Hurricane Katrina survivors allege that the government had blown up the levee. Armond White, National Review, "With Drawn Arms Presents a BLM Puppet Show," 16 Dec. 2020 Do people care if they are held out publicly as a fraud or dishonest? Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Does bad behavior by a CEO or leader carry a price to be paid?," 1 Dec. 2020 Boutros supporter David Bloom had started to bring up the suspension in 2017 of Commissioner Larry Sherman’s law license, ordered by the State Bar for Sherman’s dishonest dealings involving $400,000 in an estate. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham mayor breaks 3-3 tie by voting to reappoint himself as mayor," 10 Nov. 2020 And after four years in the intensely divisive Trump era, no amount of fact-checking, presentations on Trump’s many dishonest statements or concerns about his character seemed to hold sway. Los Angeles Times, "In Trump-loving Newport Beach, the faithful make no apologies," 6 Nov. 2020 Hannity was joined in his efforts to impugn the integrity of the electoral system by his colleagues Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, two hosts who also have a history of advancing dishonest arguments to support Trump. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News hosts sow distrust in legitimacy of election," 5 Nov. 2020 Their recent collective censorious decision to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story and the Biden family scandal, and their dishonest coverage of riots, has further underscored their political bias. John Loftus, National Review, "The Movement against Elites," 2 Nov. 2020 Grunt Style responded by releasing a screenshot of an email offering to continue his insurance, suggesting that a GoFundMe campaign by Mr. Alarik was dishonest. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Grunt Style Doesn’t Care About Former Boss’s Feelings," 3 Dec. 2020

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

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14 Jan 2021

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“Dishonest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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

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