Definition of unscrupulous in English:



  • Having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair.

    ‘unscrupulous landlords might be tempted to harass existing tenants’
    • ‘If this waste material had a simple, cheap dye put in it the indelible stain would prevent it ever being sold on by unscrupulous dealers.’
    • ‘There are lots of grey areas in this industry which many unscrupulous traders love to exploit.’
    • ‘These unscrupulous rulers violated every principle of Islam to survive in power.’
    • ‘As a result, many people lost money, some no doubt cheated by unscrupulous speculators.’
    • ‘I have taken great umbrage at the portrayal of scientists as unscrupulous and unethical.’
    • ‘As I stated above proper claims are welcomed as they stop unscrupulous people and employers from exploiting people.’
    • ‘Thus, some unscrupulous types are getting rich off kids' unfulfillable dreams.’
    • ‘People don't like some of the tactics adopted by some unscrupulous evangelists to get people to convert.’
    • ‘He began copying because he was sick of paying money for inferior material to unscrupulous dealers and considered it his hobby.’
    • ‘It is also true there are unscrupulous persons who would exploit the image and story of Mandela.’
    • ‘The situation has not been helped by unscrupulous landlords renting out property to anybody no matter what their history.’
    • ‘Very often these unscrupulous people will just dump the rubbish.’
    • ‘He is ruthless, ambitious, unscrupulous, a threat to the region and a tyrant to his people but that does not make him a terrorist.’
    • ‘Polley said the move would stop unscrupulous business owners from selling imported beef as Scots-produced.’
    • ‘It's not much of a gift, especially if some unscrupulous person was able to exploit it for their own wicked advantage.’
    • ‘The commission system is open to abuse by unscrupulous advisers who recommend unsuitable plans because they pay more.’
    • ‘Mrs Strong said that unscrupulous landlords in the area were attracting unruly tenants.’
    • ‘The heyday of the unscrupulous mercenary type dawned when the colonial powers pulled out of Africa leaving chaos behind.’
    • ‘The small transport boats sink, or unscrupulous captains force their passengers into the sea.’
    • ‘Religions come into disrepute when manipulated by unscrupulous politicians.’
    unprincipled, unethical, immoral, amoral, conscienceless, untrustworthy, shameless, reprobate, exploitative, corrupt, corrupted, dishonest, fraudulent, cheating, dishonourable, deceitful, devious, underhand, guileful, cunning, furtive, sly, wrongdoing, unsavoury, disreputable, improper, bad, evil, wicked, villainous, roguish, sinful, ignoble, degenerate, venal
    crooked, shady, shifty, slippery
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