Synonyms & Antonyms of dishonest

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 that were part of an elaborate scheme to defraud insurance companies

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How does the adjective dishonest differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of dishonest are deceitful, mendacious, and untruthful. While all these words 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

When is deceitful a more appropriate choice than dishonest?

While the synonyms deceitful and dishonest are close in meaning, deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing.

the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse

When might mendacious be a better fit than dishonest?

The words mendacious and dishonest are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When could untruthful be used to replace dishonest?

The words untruthful and dishonest can be used in similar contexts, but untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality.

an untruthful account of their actions

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The first known use of dishonest was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Dishonest.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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