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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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

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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,, "Trump urges senator’s ouster at rally for Montana Republican," 5 July 2018 The Pritzker campaign should immediately take down this dishonest and shameful ad. Rick Pearson,, "Rauner calls Pritzker attack ad about Trump immigration policy 'dishonest'," 11 July 2018 There are incompetent, dishonest people in this business, as in any business. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: Sorry, I'm not feeling funny today — my heart aches for slain journalists," 29 June 2018 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

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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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