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dishonesty

[ dis-on-uh-stee ]
/ dɪsˈɒn ə sti /
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noun, plural dis·hon·es·ties.
lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
a dishonest act; fraud.
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Origin of dishonesty

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dishonesty

dishonesty
/ (dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ) /

noun plural -ties
lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
a deceiving act or statement; fraud
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