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dishonest

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1 telling or containing lies
  • I think he is being dishonest about how much he knows.
  • dishonest statements on the claims form
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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
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3 marked by, based on, or done by the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value
  • dishonest appraisals of art works
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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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