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 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 America needed to jettison this president — his coarseness, his cruelty, his dishonesty, his addiction to strife. Star Tribune, "Oust Trump. Disappoint the left. Just right.," 7 Nov. 2020 While many approve of his tax cuts, his nomination of conservative Supreme Court justices and his crackdown on immigration, many have also been willing to absorb his vision of reality, or at least to overlook his frequent dishonesty. Nanette Asimov,, "Trump's lies about voter fraud may not work. But his dishonesty may have changed politics forever," 5 Nov. 2020 Trump’s warnings are just another example of his dishonesty and fearmongering. David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times, "Column: While decrying ‘socialized medicine,’ Trump spends billions on COVID drugs," 29 Oct. 2020 And there is a whole lot of dishonesty in right-wing media about the results. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Nine things the press should do as 2020's election season nears an end," 28 Oct. 2020 His voters are the ones who have been most disrespected by the relentless dishonesty of the Democratic and media campaign to delegitimize the 2016 election. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "A Laptop Window on the Oligarchy," 20 Oct. 2020 The arguments have changed, but the dishonesty has not. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Flashback: Right-wing media downplayed coronavirus death toll potential in spring," 22 Sep. 2020 His inability to admit to any fault or vulnerability, his reckless disregard for others, and his brazen dishonesty are all too familiar to us now. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Martyrdom of Donald Trump," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dishonesty

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dishonesty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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