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[ dis-on-uh-stee ]


, plural dis·hon·es·ties.
  1. lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
  2. a dishonest act; fraud.


/ dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ /


  1. lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
  2. a deceiving act or statement; fraud

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dishonesty1

First recorded in 1350–1400, dishonesty is from the Middle English word deshonestee. See dis- 1, honesty
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Example Sentences

When you look at talk radio and Fox News today, the most successful employ the same model of dishonesty and manipulation of their audience.

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This area of dishonesty I find most troubling because it is pervasive in the conservative media world and Limbaugh led the way on lies and disinformation for most of his career.

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Using tactics of stealth, manipulation, and bold-faced dishonesty, she follows the imperative of her heart into progressively dangerous, even illegal action.

He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty.

So clearly the scale of dishonesty continues to climb in presidential elections.

To run towards burning buildings and struggling neighbors, dishonesty, corruption, and abuse.

Palestinians and their sympathizers can point out the unscrupulous dishonesty and duplicity of the Israeli occupiers.

Which is why Obama needs to clearly expose its dishonesty in his State of the Union, says Michael Tomasky.

There exists a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that ideologically committed voters almost encourage dishonesty.

Not to be outdone, Langford fired back, slamming Christie for dishonesty and for playing politics.

Some men find it perfectly easy to resist allurements to dishonesty which others can not resist.

The singular dishonesty of M. Guizot and his master startled the politicians of Europe.

There are some legislators who regard moral cowardice as a virtue, and political dishonesty as a desirable kingcraft.

If we consult human nature, the only causes to which we can assign this reticence are, conscientious cowardice and dishonesty.

It is not, in public meetings, or in parliament, permitted to any speaker to accuse an adversary of falsehood or dishonesty.


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More About Dishonesty

What does dishonesty mean?

Dishonesty is the opposite of honesty—it’s the act or practice of being intentionally deceptive or not fully truthful in some way.

When a person is accused of dishonesty, 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.

Dishonesty involves being intentionally deceptive—deceiving people or misleading them through lies, the omission of all or parts of the truth, or the twisting of the truth.

The adjective dishonest is used to describe someone or something as intentionally deceptive or not fully truthful in some way.

Example: The level of your dishonesty is astounding—I can’t believe a word you say.

Where does dishonesty come from?

The first records of the word dishonesty come from the 1300s. The prefix dis- means “not.”

Honesty is actually pretty simple—it involves telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Dishonesty 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 engaging in dishonesty.

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How is dishonesty used in real life?

Dishonesty is always used negatively.

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

A. deceit
B. duplicity
C. deception
D. confusion