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.
- dis·hon·est·ly, adverb
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How to use dishonest in a sentence
He portrays the administration as ignornant, incompetent, dishonest and more concerned with public relations spin than saving lives.Not Mentioned in Cuomo’s Coronavirus Book: How Many Nursing Home Residents Died in New York | by Joe Sexton | October 23, 2020 | ProPublica
The retraction in June of two papers on covid-19 in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine, after researchers put too much trust in a dishonest collaborator, is an example of what happens when epistemic dependence is mishandled.
I’ve also heard about another group of people who were out in full force—dishonest people trying to trick or steal money that everyday people work so hard to earn.
The letter informing her of her July 2019 decertification said she had been dishonest about the incident involving the vehicle, she said.The Woman Propositioned by Alaska’s Former Lieutenant Governor Tells Her Story for the First Time | by Kyle Hopkins and Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News | September 10, 2020 | ProPublica
Additionally, we reserve the right to ban polls sponsored by a particular organization that consistently engages in dishonest or nontransparent behavior that goes beyond editorializing and political spin.
How can the police do that if the community views them as dishonest, or even dangerous?
Bureaucracies are inefficient and dishonest—maybe not intentionally . . . but because there are too many moving parts.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer | James A. Warren | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Trying to put the onus onto someone else for your own decisions is really cowardly and kind of dishonest.Speed Read: Terry Richardson on Sex, Lies, and Lindsay Lohan | Justin Jones | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Bar determined his failure to inform his client was both dishonest and deceitful.Will Naming And Shaming Prove to be a Winning Strategy For Bryan Singer's Accuser? | Eboni K. Williams | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She never lied to him or was dishonest to him, and we were very careful to point that out in the movie, but Tom needed to grow up.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List | Marlow Stern | March 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All the miserable stratagems they had been guilty of to win him; the dishonest plotting and planning.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The door should not be left open, as dishonest persons, passing along the entry, could enter without fear of being questioned.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The Ministers found that, on this occasion, neither their honest nor their dishonest supporters could be trusted.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Thus, to import insanity or incompetency to a professional man, or that a public official is dishonest and corrupt is actionable.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
An honest man, with all his modesty, cannot prevent people saying of him what a dishonest man says of himself.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
British Dictionary definitions for dishonest
not honest or fair; deceiving or fraudulent
- dishonestly, adverb
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