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
Recent Examples on the Web The already low dishonesty of our institutions becomes a ceiling, not a floor. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The Bipartisan Moral Rot of America’s Institutions," 14 Dec. 2020 In light of the officers’ alleged dishonesty, county prosecutors have been reviewing felony cases from the start of the officers’ careers. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Judge dismisses 15 cases involving LAPD officers implicated in gang-framing scandal," 4 Dec. 2020 The consequences of a presidency defined by dishonesty could last far beyond a four-year term. Valeriya Safronova, New York Times, "Dating in the Run-Up to the Election," 29 Oct. 2020 Your being jealous of my race is no excuse for your dishonesty. Washington Post, "A family got a racist note after putting up a Black Santa. Soon, neighbors began displaying their own Black Santas.," 3 Dec. 2020 To the more than 50 percent of Americans who disapprove of the president, Mr. Trump can represent division and dishonesty. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "He Already Saw the Election as Good vs. Evil. Then His Tractor Burned.," 1 Nov. 2020 Brady lists are disclosures of members of law enforcement whose involvement in a case as an arresting officer, investigator, or witness is in question because of a history of dishonesty or misconduct. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington lawmakers eye stricter standards for hiring, firing, and trying police," 1 Dec. 2020 While Singh tried to refute them, accusing both women of dishonesty and misdeeds, voters weren’t persuaded. Stephen Hudak,, "Judge rejects Rick Singh’s request to throw out whistle-blower lawsuit," 23 Nov. 2020 But Obama is publicly expressing doubts about this political mode that Biden has yet to betray—all while denouncing political dishonesty and fakery in the Trump era. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Barack Obama Doesn’t Have the Answers," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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28 Dec 2020

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“Dishonesty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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