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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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Examples from the web for dishonesty
  • Behind this honest and widespread opinion dishonesty and cheating of the ignorant laborers have a good chance to take refuge.
  • Free exchange dissects a case of intellectual dishonesty.
  • How many of his chums in the city have been tried for serious crimes relating to dishonesty during the banking crisis.
  • People are more likely to be honest if they feel there's a reasonable chance that dishonesty will be detected and punished.
  • The problem debating this sort of thing is the side of dishonesty and intellectual laziness is at an advantage.
  • Acknowledging my dishonesty with a wink didn't make it less a lie.
  • Science really has become infected with the dishonesty disease.
  • Then you repeatedly accuse me of lies and dishonesty.
  • What they are revealing is defining intellectual dishonesty.
  • dishonesty in our stories causes damage that bleeds far beyond that of personal detriment.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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