Definition of dishonest in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈänəst/


1Behaving or prone to behave in an untrustworthy or fraudulent way: he was a dishonest hypocrite prepared to exploit his family
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  • While having a positive and happy disposition, you are so sensitive that you can feel when others are being dishonest or insincere.
  • It did not necessarily mean that any of the witnesses were being deliberately deceitful and dishonest.
  • We must show our country that there is an alternative to this deceitful, dishonest, and discredited government.
fraudulent, corrupt, swindling, cheating, double-dealing;
underhanded, crafty, cunning, devious, treacherous, unfair, unjust, dirty, unethical, immoral, dishonorable, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral;
criminal, illegal, unlawful;
informal crooked, hinky, shady, tricky, sharp, shifty
literary perfidious
1.1Intended to mislead or cheat: he gave the editor a dishonest account of events
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  • Is my use of the term in that sense misleading or dishonest?
  • But at the same time it would be dishonest not to admit that events added some character of sorts to the holiday.
  • In cases of dishonest assistance the accountability of the third parties will not be confined to the profit which he has made.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'dishonorable, unchaste'): from Old French deshoneste, Latin dehonestus.

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Syllabification: dis·hon·est

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