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[dis-on-ist] /dɪsˈɒn ɪst/
not honest; disposed to lie, cheat, or steal; not worthy of trust or belief:
a dishonest person.
proceeding from or exhibiting lack of honesty; fraudulent:
a dishonest advertisement.
Origin of dishonest
1350-1400; Middle English dishoneste < Anglo-French, Old French deshoneste, equivalent to des- dis-1 + honeste honest
Related forms
dishonestly, adverb
1. unscrupulous, knavish, deceitful, perfidious. See corrupt. 2. false.
1, 2. honest. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dishonest
  • Surely you know there are ways to be dishonest without outright lying.
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  • In fact, this practice makes universities appear to be both greedy and dishonest.
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  • However, it is dishonest to scare people into buying products.
  • Even if he understands his job description, being dishonest in pursuit of it is an undesirable characteristic.
  • Violating the bounds of a relationship and a social contract is blatantly dishonest.
  • The student may not be plagiarizing, but she is being intellectually dishonest.
British Dictionary definitions for dishonest


not honest or fair; deceiving or fraudulent
Derived Forms
dishonestly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dishonest

late 14c., from Old French deshoneste (13c., Modern French déshonnête) "dishonorable, horrible, indecent," perhaps from a Medieval Latin or Gallo-Romance compound of Latin dis- "not" (see dis-) + honestus "honorable" (see honest). The Latin formation was dehonestus. Related: Dishonestly.

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