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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In 2010, Telish was fired for dishonesty and discourteous treatment from his latest job as special-agent-in-charge of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement office in Riverside, the largest regional office in California. Ian Wheeler, The Mercury News, "California narcotics agent fired for sexual tryst with subordinate, say newly released disciplinary records," 5 June 2019 Gianforte’s remarks aim to conceal his responsibility for the attack and his dishonesty about it, Genth wrote. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Reporter warns Rep. Gianforte not to lie about 2017 attack," 26 Oct. 2018 While the confession seems heartfelt and genuine, Erakat’s history of sensational dishonesty in pursuit of views has left fans wondering whether his talk of suicide is real or not. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "A controversial YouTuber’s suicidal claims have fans questioning his motives," 24 Sep. 2018 Receiving the Eucharist without holding these beliefs displays confusion, ignorance or dishonesty. WSJ, "For Catholics, Communion Comes With Limits," 6 July 2018 The significance of this revelation is enormous for everything from FBI investigatory malpractice, to its dishonesty, to its current fight with the White House over document disclosure. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Who Is Michael Sussmann?," 11 Oct. 2018 And in India and Argentina, smiling is associated with dishonesty (thought to be due to the people's familiarity with corrupt politicians). Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 In other words, even for academic dishonesty, which in many cases is fairly straightforward to diagnose, UVA finds black students (and international students) facing disproportionate charges. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Racial bias in campus discipline: When will universities look in the mirror?," 22 Apr. 2018 When President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager went on trial this summer for bank fraud and tax evasion, his huge clothing bills were cited by prosecutors as evidence of the lobbyist’s decadence and dishonesty. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018

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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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