unscrupulous

adjective
un·​scru·​pu·​lous | \ ˌən-ˈskrü-pyə-ləs How to pronounce unscrupulous (audio) \

Definition of unscrupulous

: not scrupulous : unprincipled

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Other Words from unscrupulous

unscrupulously adverb
unscrupulousness noun

Examples of unscrupulous in a Sentence

an unscrupulous businessman manipulated them into selling their land for practically nothing
Recent Examples on the Web The group’s fear is that without any oversight, unscrupulous producers will sell adulterated products that make people sick. oregonlive, "Kratom crackdown for youth possible in Oregon," 14 Feb. 2020 Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman portray former Fox figures Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, respectively, who rise and fall in the hierarchy of the network based on the whims of its unscrupulous predatory leader, Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Bombshell' starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman as Fox anchors isn't quite explosive," 20 Dec. 2019 Douglas played Chuck Tatum, a relentless and unscrupulous reporter who winds up in sleepy New Mexico and stops at nothing to gin up lurid headlines. NBC News, "Kirk Douglas was a legend. You can see why in these 9 movies.," 6 Feb. 2020 Many of them were unscrupulous, stubborn, even diabolical. Washington Post, "Kirk Douglas, whose masculine energy powered scores of film roles, dies at 103," 6 Feb. 2020 Oleksandr Lemenov, of the anti-corruption organization State Watch, said enduring corruption made Ukraine attractive to unscrupulous figures. Robyn Dixon, David L. Stern, Natalie Gryvnyak, Anchorage Daily News, "Lev Parnas’ feverish text messages show his wide reach among Ukraine’s oligarchs and political elite," 20 Jan. 2020 Many of these projects were low quality at best, unscrupulous at best worst. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "To fulfill their carbon neutral promises, airlines must be prepared to bear the costs," 15 Jan. 2020 This has been a scheme utilized by unscrupulous politicians throughout history. Wired Staff, Wired, "Presidential Candidates on the Disunited State of America," 15 Jan. 2020 The data could be used by unscrupulous parties against the U.S. military. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "If You're in the Military, Maybe Don't Take That Home Genetic Test," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unscrupulous

1803, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2020

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“Unscrupulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscrupulous. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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unscrupulous

adjective
How to pronounce unscrupulous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unscrupulous

: not honest or fair : doing things that are wrong, dishonest, or illegal

unscrupulous

adjective
un·​scru·​pu·​lous | \ ˌən-ˈskrü-pyə-ləs How to pronounce unscrupulous (audio) \

Kids Definition of unscrupulous

: not having or showing regard for what is right and proper an unscrupulous salesman

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unscrupulously adverb

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