dis·​hon·​es·​ty | \-nə-stē \

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 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 The request to the Office of Congressional Ethics said questions of dishonesty can bring discredit to the House in violation of House rules. Washington Post, "Additional ex-wrestlers at Ohio State defend congressman," 10 July 2018 As the Associated Press reported, Trump supporters did not see this as an episode of dishonesty, but rather one of the president trying to force the hand of Congress to act. Jared Mcdonald, Candace Turitto, Vox, "Honesty first: how to make politicians pay for lying," 2 July 2018 When everyone agrees the cover is factually wrong the elite media can have a better sense why so many Americans are sick of the dishonesty and falsehoods. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Time’s crying girl photo controversy, explained," 22 June 2018 The request Monday to the Office of Congressional Ethics said questions of dishonesty can bring discredit to the House in violation of House rules. Kantele Franko, The Seattle Times, "Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio St. defend Jordan," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of dishonesty

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dishonesty was in 1589

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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 \

Kids Definition of dishonesty

: the quality of being untruthful : lack of honesty

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