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  1. not honest; disposed to lie, cheat, or steal; not worthy of trust or belief: a dishonest person.
  2. proceeding from or exhibiting lack of honesty; fraudulent: a dishonest advertisement.
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Origin of dishonest

1350–1400; Middle English dishoneste < Anglo-French, Old French deshoneste, equivalent to des- dis-1 + honeste honest
Related formsdis·hon·est·ly, adverb


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1. See corrupt.


1, 2. honest.
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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?



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


    Joseph C. Lincoln

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


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for dishonest


  1. not honest or fair; deceiving or fraudulent
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Derived Formsdishonestly, 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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