Definition of dishonest in English:

dishonest

adjective

  • 1Behaving or prone to behave in an untrustworthy, deceitful, or insincere way.

    ‘he was a dishonest hypocrite prepared to exploit his family’
    • ‘Police say he was manipulative, dishonest, cunning and intimidating.’
    • ‘A series of dishonest dealings ensues, and the ramifications extend well beyond the contest.’
    • ‘As it is I am not a dishonest person, and I did not feel good about lying.’
    • ‘Anyone who was a little dishonest could have taken that mail.’
    • ‘It did not necessarily mean that any of the witnesses were being deliberately deceitful and dishonest.’
    • ‘While having a positive and happy disposition, you are so sensitive that you can feel when others are being dishonest or insincere.’
    • ‘We must show our country that there is an alternative to this deceitful, dishonest, and discredited government.’
    • ‘So the next best strategy is to convince the electorate that all the other candidates are just as tawdry and dishonest.’
    • ‘Losing honorably may signify lack of preparation but dishonest winning signifies lack of character.’
    • ‘It might be very hurtful for parents to find that their daughter is dishonest.’
    • ‘If your bag is stolen and you happen to have a letter containing your address in it, a dishonest person could easily break in.’
    • ‘I think it is dishonest to advertise their service as impartial.’
    • ‘You were attracted by the glamour of owning a football club but were prepared to use dishonest means to obtain that glamour.’
    • ‘People in the real world can be violent, greedy and dishonest.’
    • ‘I am not prepared to find that any of these witnesses was dishonest in the evidence that they gave.’
    • ‘Rarely has the true face of our bloodthirsty, dishonest and hypocritical rulers been revealed so clearly.’
    • ‘This does not make them unethical, dishonest people in life or their law practice.’
    • ‘This deeply dishonest way of putting things is crammed with doubtful assumptions.’
    • ‘She said she preferred being poor and honest than rich and dishonest.’
    • ‘If a person pretends to be what he is not, he is usually accused of being dishonest or fraudulent.’
    fraudulent, corrupt, swindling, cheating, double-dealing
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    1. 1.1 Intended to mislead or cheat.
      ‘he gave the editor a dishonest account of events’
      • ‘If that is so, the imposition of the prohibition order is the most cynical and dishonest edict to come out of local government in my lifetime.’
      • ‘The various excuses and explanations he has given are transparently false and dishonest.’
      • ‘Is my use of the term in that sense misleading or dishonest?’
      • ‘But at the same time it would be dishonest not to admit that events added some character of sorts to the holiday.’
      • ‘In cases of dishonest assistance the accountability of the third parties will not be confined to the profit which he has made.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘dishonourable, unchaste’): from Old French deshoneste, Latin dehonestus.

Pronunciation

dishonest

/dɪsˈɒnɪst/