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

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If there were an academic dishonesty issue, that's the purview of ASU, not customs officials, ASU said. Rachel Leingang, USA TODAY, "9 Arizona State students from China detained at LA airport, denied admission to U.S.," 30 Aug. 2019 Talk of a tie-up between the French hypermarket stalwart Carrefour SA and its arch-rival Casino Guichard Perrachon SA is back, almost a year after a first stab at exploring the idea ended in a public clash of egos and accusations of dishonesty. Washington Post, "Carrefour Bid for Casino Would Be a Big Roll of the Dice," 12 Sep. 2019 The doctored map went viral, becoming a source of ridicule among many political pundits and late-night talk-show hosts, who accused the president of dishonesty. Jason Samenow, The Denver Post, "NOAA’s support of Trump over its own scientists provokes uproar in weather community," 7 Sep. 2019 The doctored map went viral, becoming a source of ridicule among many political pundits and late-night talk-show hosts, who accused the president of dishonesty. Author: Jason Samenow, Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "NOAA’s support of Trump over its own scientists in hurricane map dispute provokes uproar," 7 Sep. 2019 In the evolutionary game, where the goal is producing offspring, rampant dishonesty is not an optimal strategy: If peacock tails are never honest, peahens will simply ignore that feature altogether. Quanta Magazine, "Hunger Game: Is Honesty Between Animals Always the Best Policy?," 9 Jan. 2013 The public, however, may be skeptical of those claims due to past dishonesty from the tobacco industry, something Burns acknowledged. CBS News, "Juul CEO tells non-smokers not to vape or use his company's product," 29 Aug. 2019 If an officer’s records showed dishonesty in the past, that information would have to be disclosed to the defense, Sheldon said. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "California Supreme Court backs greater access to police misconduct cases," 26 Aug. 2019 Over and over again, Spicer used his pulpit to bully the press and ignore the facts, maintaining a dangerous precedent of dishonesty that has remained a cornerstone of the Trump administration today, to increasingly horrifying effect. Caroline Framke,, "Column: Sean Spicer’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting is a terrible, cynical ratings grab," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dishonesty

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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