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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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 For perjury, or lying under oath, the statute of limitations in federal court is five years, but some still want to see Donham held responsible for the consequences of her alleged dishonesty. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Why there’s little optimism after the Justice Department reopened the Emmett Till case," 12 July 2018 But the hypocrisy, the dishonesty, the willingness by Hannity to try and score partisan political points on the bodies of five dead journalists feels like almost too much to bear with any amount of equanimity tonight. David Zurawik,, "Hannity outrageously points finger at Waters, Obama for rhetoric that fed Annapolis Capital Gazette shooting," 29 June 2018 Psychologists wrote the book on unhealthy aspects of peer pressure, obsessive desire for conformity and acceptance, groupthink and intellectual dishonesty, but seem unable to diagnose and treat their own afflictions. WSJ, "The Doublespeak on Innate Sex Differences," 25 June 2018 Trump himself denounced the dishonesty of Democrats who tried to blame him for his predecessor’s cruelty. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump: Obama Was for ‘Open Borders’ – Also, His Immigration Policies Were the Same As Mine," 25 June 2018 The saints go to battle in the passageways of modern Ukraine, in the political bureaus, checkpoints, gas stations, and clubs, where moral authorities are few and far in between, where death follows closely upon the heels of dishonesty. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018 The college players—and worse, college coaches—who have created this climate of dishonesty in college tennis? Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: The Curious Case of Novak Djokovic," 6 June 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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