dis·​hon·​es·​ty (ˌ)dis-ˈä-nə-stē How to pronounce dishonesty (audio)
 also  (ˌ)diz-
: lack of honesty or integrity : disposition to defraud or deceive
: a dishonest act : fraud

Examples of dishonesty in a Sentence

Are you accusing him of dishonesty? her dishonesty about what happened
Recent Examples on the Web In retrospect, this myth, sold to the public as COIN, is part of a larger pattern of dishonesty that runs through America’s longest war, 20 years of wishful thinking and willful ignorance that culminated in tragedy on Aug. 15, 2021, when Raziq’s mortal enemies entered Kabul in triumph. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Trump’s actions, characterized by serial adultery, dishonesty, narcissism and overall moral failings are apparent to all. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2024 Cohen mostly gave one-word answers as Blanche reminded the jurors about Cohen's history of dishonesty under oath. Graham Kates, CBS News, 16 May 2024 Spertus has insisted Teran is innocent and said the documents in question were obtained either through public court files or involved findings of dishonesty against sheriff’s deputies, which would be public record under Senate Bill 1421, California’s landmark police transparency law. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dishonesty 

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dishonesty was in 1589

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“Dishonesty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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dis·​hon·​es·​ty (ˈ)dis-ˈän-ə-stē How to pronounce dishonesty (audio)
: lack of honesty : the quality of being dishonest

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