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Line breaks: dis|hon¦est
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɒnɪst

Definition of dishonest in English:


1Behaving or prone to behave in an untrustworthy, deceitful, or insincere way: he was a dishonest hypocrite prepared to exploit his family
More example sentences
  • 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.
underhand, crafty, cunning, devious, designing, treacherous, perfidious, unfair, unjust, disreputable, rascally, roguish, dirty, unethical, immoral, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral;
criminal, illegal, unlawful;
informal crooked, shady, tricky, sharp, shifty
British informal bent, dodgy
Australian/New Zealand informal shonky
South African informal slim
archaic knavish, subtle, hollow-hearted
1.1Intended to mislead or cheat: he gave the editor a dishonest account of events
More example sentences
  • 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 'dishonourable, unchaste'): from Old French deshoneste, Latin dehonestus.



Example sentences
  • He said her crimes started when she got her partner's money mixed up with her own, but that she had then dishonestly continued to claim benefits she was not entitled to over several years.
  • He said it was alleged the doctor had won the accreditation ‘by deliberately and dishonestly misrepresenting his career history’.
  • A benefits cheat who dishonestly claimed £22,000 while living a life of luxury said today that no amount of money could buy happiness.

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