dishonest

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dishonest

Synonyms

lying, mendacious, untruthful

Antonyms

honest, truthful, veracious

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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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Typically, Mr Thorne avoids the temptation to provide easy moralising and neat conclusions, considering those unrealistic and therefore dishonest. The Economist, "Modern British television has found its Dickens," 29 June 2019 Multiple surveys over the past year have found that most Americans regard the president as dishonest. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s Poll Numbers Prove Character Counts," 25 June 2019 Some of them are simply dim and poorly educated (poorly but expensively, in the case of Representative Ocasio-Cortez), but many of them are intellectually dishonest. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 Back with the guys, Garrett’s ready to tattle on Luke P., telling the men that — as expected — Luke was dishonest with them. Joyce Chen, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Week 6 Recap: It's A Trap!," 20 June 2019 Most of these people who were studied proved willing to be dishonest to get ahead, so long as their self-interested pursuits didn’t leave them feeling like a cheater or damage their moral self-image. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "People Are More Honest Than We Think, New Study Finds," 20 June 2019 This false accusation is made by someone who has proven to be repeatedly dishonest about her own life. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "NY candidate: Netanyahu spokesman sexually assaulted me," 11 Sep. 2018 This is a dangerous and dishonest proposal, with consequences that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Venture investor Tim Draper is back with a pointless plan to split California three ways," 22 June 2018 The defendants, their fortunes sliding in opposite directions, represent starkly different paths in Mueller’s investigation — a model cooperator on one end and, prosecutors say, a dishonest and resistant witness on the other. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’," 12 Dec. 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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dishonest

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dishonest

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

dishonest

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

Kids Definition of dishonest

: not honest or trustworthy

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