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[dis-on-uh-stee] /dɪsˈɒn ə sti/
noun, plural dishonesties.
lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
a dishonest act; fraud.
Origin of dishonesty
1350-1400; Middle English deshonestee. See dis-1, honesty Unabridged
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  • Could you possibly become confirmed in dishonesty, you, my son?

  • Will you, in your dishonesty, dare impeach the honesty of men?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The coiners received seven-eighths of a dollar per thousand, and instances of dishonesty were rarely known.

    Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
  • Either she suspected him of dishonesty, or else she was being dishonest herself.

  • It is not necessary to assume, however, that the Virginia planters were noted for dishonesty in matters of business.

    Patrician and Plebeian Thomas J. Wertenbaker
British Dictionary definitions for dishonesty


noun (pl) -ties
lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
a deceiving act or statement; fraud
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Word Origin and History for dishonesty

late 14c., "disgrace, shame, want of honor," from Old French deshonesté (13c.) "dishonor, impropriety," from des- (see dis-) + Latin honestatem "honorableness" (see honesty). Meaning "want of honesty" is recorded from 1590s.

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