[ dis-on-ist ]
/ dɪsˈɒn ɪst /
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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.



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Origin of dishonest

1350–1400; Middle English dishoneste<Anglo-French, Old French deshoneste, equivalent to des-dis-1 + honestehonest

synonym study for dishonest

1. See corrupt.


dis·hon·est·ly, adverb
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What does dishonest mean?

Dishonest is the opposite of honest—it’s used to describe someone or something as intentionally deceptive or not fully truthful in some way.

When dishonest is used to describe a person, it usually means they are frequently or habitually untruthful—that they tend to lie often or that they often hide or leave out part of the truth.

When dishonest is used to describe a thing, it usually implies that the thing is intentionally deceptive—that it’s intended to deceive people or mislead them through lies, the omission of all or parts of the truth, or the twisting of the truth.

Just as the noun form of honest is honesty, the noun form of dishonest is dishonesty.

Example: The article exposes the company’s dishonest business practices and the dishonest executives who promote them.

Where does dishonest come from?

The first records of the word dishonest come from the 1300s. The prefix dis- means “not,” making dishonest mean “not honest.”

Being honest is actually pretty simple—it involves telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Being dishonest involves all different kinds of ways of being deceptive, including telling lies, hiding or leaving out parts of the truth, or using a mix of truth and lies to mislead or deceive. Just because you’re not lying doesn’t mean you’re not being dishonest.

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How is dishonest used in real life?

Dishonest is always used negatively. It can be used to describe people or the things they say, do, or create.

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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of dishonest?

A. untruthful
B. deceitful
C. deceptive
D. incorrect

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British Dictionary definitions for dishonest

/ (dɪsˈɒnɪst) /


not honest or fair; deceiving or fraudulent

Derived forms of dishonest

dishonestly, adverb
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