Definition of dishonest in English:

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dishonest

Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɒnɪst/

adjective

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.
Synonyms
fraudulent, corrupt, swindling, cheating, double-dealing;
underhand, crafty, cunning, devious, designing, treacherous, perfidious, unfair, unjust, disreputable, rascally, roguish, dirty, unethical, immoral, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral;
criminal, illegal, unlawful;
false, untruthful, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, Janus-faced, lying, mendacious, untrustworthy
informal crooked, shady, tricky, sharp, shifty
British informal bent, dodgy
Australian/New Zealand informal shonky
South African informal slim
Law  malfeasant
archaic knavish, subtle, hollow-hearted
rare false-hearted, double-faced, truthless
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.

Origin

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

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