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dishonest

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of dishonest

  1. 1 telling or containing lies dishonest kids who lie about their ages in order to get into R-rated movies dishonest statements on the claims form Synonyms of dishonest lying, mendacious, untruthful Words Related to dishonest erroneous, fallacious, false, misleading, untrue; double-dealing, hypocrite, hypocritical, insincere, mealymouthed, smooth-tongued, two-faced; perjurious Near Antonyms of dishonest candid, open, plainspoken, straightforward; earnest, sincere, true; conscientious, moral, principled, scrupulous; dependable, reliable, trustable, trustworthy, trusty; decent, ethical, honorable, just, respectable, righteous, right-minded, straight, upright, upstanding, virtuous Antonyms of dishonest honest, truthful, veracious

  2. 2 given to or marked by cheating and deception dishonest car dealers who roll back mileage gauges dishonest business deals that landed him in jail Synonyms of dishonest bent [chiefly British], crooked, deceptive, double-dealing, duplicitous, fast, fraudulent, guileful, rogue, shady, sharp, shifty, underhand, underhanded Words Related to dishonest unconscionable, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, false; artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, foxy, slick, sly, subtle, wily; defrauding, devious, furtive, slippery, sneaking, sneaky, trickish, tricky; insidious, perfidious, treacherous Near Antonyms of dishonest conscientious, decent, ethical, honorable, just, scrupulous, upright; forthright, straightforward Antonyms of dishonest aboveboard, honest, straight

  3. 3 marked by, based on, or done by the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value dishonest appraisals of art works that were part of an elaborate scheme to defraud insurance companies Synonyms of dishonest crooked, deceitful, defrauding, fraudulent, double-dealing, falseWords Related to dishonest beguiling, deceiving, deceptive, deluding, delusive, delusory, duplicitous, fallacious, misleading, specious; spuriousNear Antonyms of dishonest legitimate, true, validAntonyms of dishonest aboveboard, honest, truthful

Synonym Discussion of dishonest

dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud.
    • a swindle usually involves two dishonest people
deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing.
    • the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse
mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths.
    • mendacious tales of adventure
untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality.
    • an untruthful account of their actions

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