Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

dishonesty

[dis-on-uh-stee] /dɪsˈɒn ə sti/
noun, plural dishonesties.
1.
lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
2.
a dishonest act; fraud.
Origin of dishonesty
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English deshonestee. See dis-1, honesty
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dishonesty
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Could you possibly become confirmed in dishonesty, you, my son?

  • With his own direct standards of conduct it was equivalent to dishonesty.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • The coiners received seven-eighths of a dollar per thousand, and instances of dishonesty were rarely known.

    Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
  • The neglect of this study on the part of the latter, is an act of dishonesty.

    The Orchestral Conductor Hector Berlioz
  • It is not necessary to assume, however, that the Virginia planters were noted for dishonesty in matters of business.

    Patrician and Plebeian Thomas J. Wertenbaker
British Dictionary definitions for dishonesty

dishonesty

/dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
2.
a deceiving act or statement; fraud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dishonesty
n.

late 14c., "disgrace, shame, want of honor," from Old French deshonesté (13c.) "dishonor, impropriety," from des- (see dis-) + Latin honestatem "honorableness" (see honesty). Meaning "want of honesty" is recorded from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dishonesty

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dishonesty

17
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dishonesty