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 While the new law does reduce voter access in other ways, Biden gave the law's supporters ammunition to argue that the law's opponents were being dishonest. Daniel Dale, CNN, "What it's been like fact-checking Joe Biden through 100 days," 2 May 2021 The letter argued marijuana is dangerous and that there is a dishonest effort to convince the public otherwise. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Which district attorneys in Alabama are pushing to block medical marijuana?," 29 Apr. 2021 Both Montgomery and Justice Clint Bolick questioned whether the language of the ballot initiative was dishonest if all of the money wasn’t able to be spent on an annual basis. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Arizona Supreme Court hears challenge to Prop. 208," 26 Apr. 2021 How sad to see the media betray that calling and divide us to prop up a warped, dishonest ideology. Peter Bronson, The Enquirer, "Opinion: Don't believe the 'big lie' that police are racist," 8 Apr. 2021 The Russians couldn’t pull this off — yet 60 Minutes did, in a laughably dishonest report over the weekend about Florida governor Ron DeSantis using the most popular grocery store chain in the state to get the vaccine in the arms of Floridians. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Woke Disinformation Is More Pervasive and Powerful Than Russian Disinformation," 6 Apr. 2021 Of course, none of the debate has included any actual examples of transgender athletes gaining a dishonest edge in women's sports. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Trans athletes a non-issue but discrimination real," 26 Mar. 2021 Users could fall prey to scammers, or get inflated rates from dishonest traders. Grace Akinosun, Quartz, "Nigeria’s crypto startups and traders are still at the mercy of its central bank," 17 Mar. 2021 Biden has been notably dishonest in his first 100 days, including in tonight's at times hyperbolic address. CNN, "What grade did Biden get on his speech to Congress," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Dishonest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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