dis·​hon·​es·​ty | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce dishonesty (audio) also (ˌ)diz-\

Definition of dishonesty

1 : lack of honesty or integrity : disposition to defraud or deceive
2 : a dishonest act : fraud

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Examples of dishonesty in a Sentence

Are you accusing him of dishonesty? her dishonesty about what happened

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The public, however, may be skeptical of those claims due to past dishonesty from the tobacco industry, something Burns acknowledged. CBS News, "Juul CEO tells non-smokers not to vape or use his company's product," 29 Aug. 2019 If an officer’s records showed dishonesty in the past, that information would have to be disclosed to the defense, Sheldon said. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "California Supreme Court backs greater access to police misconduct cases," 26 Aug. 2019 Over and over again, Spicer used his pulpit to bully the press and ignore the facts, maintaining a dangerous precedent of dishonesty that has remained a cornerstone of the Trump administration today, to increasingly horrifying effect. Caroline Framke,, "Column: Sean Spicer’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting is a terrible, cynical ratings grab," 22 Aug. 2019 Such a wide range of expertise, combined with his commitment to his creation, appears to preclude the possibility of dishonesty, laxity or a lack of imagination lying at the root of CCD’s poor results. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "Why Café Coffee Day’s immense popularity didn’t translate into big profits," 1 Aug. 2019 The bases for those reversals included keeping a jury from hearing about a prosecution witness’s prior crimes involving dishonesty and failing to throw out evidence that had been improperly seized by police. Christian Sheckler, ProPublica, "The Questionable Conviction, and Re-Conviction, of Ricky Joyner," 20 July 2019 Your former colleague is drawing you into a web of dishonesty. New York Times, "My Aunt Has Alzheimer’s and Her Husband Doesn’t Seem to Care," 25 June 2019 Conversely, is this the greatest-ever song about dishonesty? David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: Tech giants aim not to repeat Microsoft’s antitrust mistakes," 24 June 2019 Last November Donald Trump blasted Pakistan, accusing it of duplicity and dishonesty. The Economist, "America swaps its stick for a carrot in its dealings with Pakistan," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of dishonesty

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dishonesty

: lack of honesty : the quality of being untruthful or deceitful


dis·​hon·​es·​ty | \ dis-ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce dishonesty (audio) \

Kids Definition of dishonesty

: the quality of being untruthful : lack of honesty

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