[ 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 formsdis·hon·est·ly, adverb

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1. See corrupt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dishonest


/ (dɪsˈɒnɪst) /


not honest or fair; deceiving or fraudulent
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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