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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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  • If a dishonest man had not deprived me of fifteen hundred francs a year I could save this or that poor family.'

  • In fact he wrote that he thought it all wrong, deceitful, bordering on the dishonest.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Here, at any rate, are no great names to scare us into dishonest admiration.

    Since Czanne Clive Bell
  • To return again to the lying, dishonest, and negligent servant.

    The Romance of the Soul Lilian Staveley
  • The same observations are to be made in regard to dishonest witnesses who, when pressed to think hard, only simulate doing so.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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