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

Examples of dishonesty in a Sentence

Are you accusing him of dishonesty? her dishonesty about what happened
Recent Examples on the Web So the hearing designation order was looking at Sinclair's dishonesty. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2021 Other names are temporarily added when an officer has a pending criminal case or faces credible allegations of dishonesty or the abuse of powers. Tim Prudente,, 29 Oct. 2021 However, it should be borne in mind that dishonesty about vaccination status if discovered by U.S. officials, could result in a permanent bar from the U.S. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Campus Officer Troy Phillips was fired for dishonesty, failing to disclose to a Eugene municipal prosecutor that his Oct. 27, 2018, stop of Rodrigues was videotaped and audio recorded through his police car’s mobile camera, the university suit said. oregonlive, 30 Nov. 2021 Stephanie Grisham, Trump's ex-spokeswoman, slams him for dishonesty. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The board’s guidelines for dishonesty directly related to patient care call for a minimum of a stayed license revocation, a one-year suspension and seven years’ probation. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 Worthy has compiled a list of officers who have committed offenses involving theft, dishonesty, fraud, bias or bribery, saying officers who commit these crimes have lost their credibility and won’t be called to testify. Martha Bellisle, ajc, 21 Oct. 2021 Even discounting instances of extreme dishonesty, some worry that a system based on online call-outs is just too prone to abuse. Gian M. Volpicelli, Wired, 15 Nov. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Dishonesty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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