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dishonesty Line breaks: dis|hon¦esty
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɒnɪsti/

Definition of dishonesty in English:

noun (plural dishonesties)

[mass noun]
1Deceitfulness shown in someone’s character or behaviour: the dismissal of thirty civil servants for dishonesty and misconduct
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  • Cynicism and dishonesty characterize the administration of the program.
  • It is taken as a truism by most people that dishonesty and yobbish behaviour are on the increase in society.
  • There was no evidence of dishonesty or bad character with respect to either of them.
1.1 [count noun] A fraudulent or deceitful act: they are tackling the divisions and dishonesties on the campus
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  • The author is able to bring forth an implied criticism of the hopelessness of the situations, or of the dishonesties and the hypocritical subterfuges of the adult world.
  • His excellent history of the papacy catalogs many papal deceits, frauds, and intellectual dishonesties over the centuries.
  • Finally, a major publication has taken up one of the key dishonesties in the President's argument for phasing out Social Security.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'dishonour, sexual misconduct'): from Old French deshoneste 'indecency' (see dishonest).

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