Definition of dishonesty in US English:

dishonesty

noun

  • 1Deceitfulness shown in someone's character or behavior.

    ‘the dismissal of thirty civil servants for dishonesty and misconduct’
    • ‘There was no evidence of dishonesty or bad character with respect to either of them.’
    • ‘Instead he had committed offences of dishonesty in the past and served a jail sentence for manufacturing counterfeit coins.’
    • ‘You can always get what you want by bribery and corruption, dishonesty and deviousness.’
    • ‘He fought against dishonesty and corruption, opportunism and cowardice.’
    • ‘Explaining to students what is acceptable behaviour is important when trying to reduce dishonesty.’
    • ‘This may be seen as part of a value system based upon personal honour, which eschews deceit and dishonesty towards members of the social group.’
    • ‘Too much people lack integrity and it is dishonesty that keeps them from being able to reason out issues.’
    • ‘It is taken as a truism by most people that dishonesty and yobbish behaviour are on the increase in society.’
    • ‘The athlete cheats and through his dishonesty he wins a gold medal and earns a considerable amount of money.’
    • ‘It makes me want to grab this boy and keep him safe, unsullied by this world of dishonesty and guile, just as his parents must have wanted to.’
    • ‘With that comes corruption, dishonesty, unfaithfulness, and being immoral.’
    • ‘Fortunately their own innate dishonesty makes them very bad at it.’
    • ‘Cynicism and dishonesty characterize the administration of the program.’
    • ‘As an economic system it was based upon corruption, dishonesty and debt.’
    • ‘This is distinct from dishonesty and misconduct, which should not be tolerated.’
    • ‘Honesty or dishonesty must however always be a question for the jury, and the present type of case is no exception.’
    • ‘But he tends to leave an impression of intellectual dishonesty, a disconcerting lack of sincerity.’
    • ‘He did not hide his displeasure about the loss of integrity and how dishonesty has set in.’
    • ‘Distorting news is not just writing to be read, it is deceitfulness and dishonesty at their worst.’
    • ‘It is a farce, founded on dishonesty: like the old regime itself.’
    deceit, deception, duplicity, lying, falseness, falsity, falsehood, untruthfulness
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    1. 1.1 A fraudulent or deceitful act.
      • ‘His excellent history of the papacy catalogs many papal deceits, frauds, and intellectual dishonesties over the centuries.’
      • ‘It was, in any case, a terrifying miscalculation which led to a fundamental dishonesty.’
      • ‘Opposants put out enough nonsense without supporters adding their own lies and dishonesties.’
      • ‘One of the common dishonesties in the academic world is faculty rejection of affirmative action in anonymous polls and support of it when voting publicly in faculty meetings or commenting in the media.’
      • ‘Then the film melts into a strange political gloop, where significant facts are stickily mixed with half-arguments, innuendos and outright dishonesties.’
      • ‘Little dishonesties start growing, debts start mounting - and an avenue of intimacy is closed off.’
      • ‘Finally, a major publication has taken up one of the key dishonesties in the President's argument for phasing out Social Security.’
      • ‘Clear a space on 4 February for the former chief financial officer, when he's due in court charged with a string of dishonesties.’
      • ‘We'll be saying more about the particular fooleries, dishonesties and tendentiousness involved in these arguments.’
      • ‘The author is able to bring forth an implied criticism of the hopelessness of the situations, or of the dishonesties and the hypocritical subterfuges of the adult world.’
      • ‘And yet the arguments he adduces are gimmicky and puerile and laced with minor dishonesties all the way through.’
      • ‘That is not what this Inquiry should be about, so I think that is - there is a dishonesty around some of what you have been told.’
      • ‘There is now an endemic dishonesty attached to everything this prime minister says and does.’
      • ‘For those of you staring at the byline about to reach for your pens and write scathing letters crying out nepotism and other indecent dishonesties, sit down.’
      • ‘There is actually a dishonesty, really, about that slogan that says to keep it in the laboratory and it will be OK.’
      • ‘I have wondered about deleting the post, but there would be a fundamental dishonesty in doing so.’
      make-believe, act, putting on an act, acting, dissembling, shamming, sham, faking, feigning, simulation, falsification, dissimulation, invention, imagination, self-deception, play-acting, posturing, posture, posing, pose, cant, attitudinizing
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘dishonor, sexual misconduct’): from Old French deshoneste ‘indecency’ (see dishonest).

Pronunciation

dishonesty

/dɪsˈɑnəsti//disˈänəstē/