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[dis-on-ist] /dɪsˈɒn ɪst/
not honest; disposed to lie, cheat, or steal; not worthy of trust or belief:
a dishonest person.
proceeding from or exhibiting lack of honesty; fraudulent:
a dishonest advertisement.
Origin of dishonest
1350-1400; Middle English dishoneste < Anglo-French, Old French deshoneste, equivalent to des- dis-1 + honeste honest
Related forms
dishonestly, adverb
1. unscrupulous, knavish, deceitful, perfidious. 2. false.
1, 2. honest.
Synonym Study
1. See corrupt. Unabridged
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  • "If you think it dishonourable or dishonest—" said Beaufort, irresolutely.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I dare say it was because I had been so dishonest myself just before.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • And is any mode of acquisition, even if unjust and dishonest, equally to be deemed virtue?

    Meno Plato
  • And then Jed Winslow did what was perhaps the first dishonest thing he had ever done.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In fact he wrote that he thought it all wrong, deceitful, bordering on the dishonest.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for dishonest


not honest or fair; deceiving or fraudulent
Derived Forms
dishonestly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dishonest

late 14c., from Old French deshoneste (13c., Modern French déshonnête) "dishonorable, horrible, indecent," perhaps from a Medieval Latin or Gallo-Romance compound of Latin dis- "not" (see dis-) + honestus "honorable" (see honest). The Latin formation was dehonestus. Related: Dishonestly.

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