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dishonesty

[dis-on-uh-stee]
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noun, plural dis·hon·es·ties.
  1. lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
  2. 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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dishonesty

noun plural -ties
  1. lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
  2. a deceiving act or statement; fraud
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Word Origin and History for dishonesty

n.

late 14c., "disgrace, shame, want of honor," from Old French deshonesté (13c.) "dishonor, impropriety," from des- (see dis-) + Latin honestatem "honorableness" (see honesty). Meaning "want of honesty" is recorded from 1590s.

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