Definition of unscrupulous in US English:

unscrupulous

adjective

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

    ‘unscrupulous landlords might be tempted to harass existing tenants’
    • ‘Mrs Strong said that unscrupulous landlords in the area were attracting unruly tenants.’
    • ‘Polley said the move would stop unscrupulous business owners from selling imported beef as Scots-produced.’
    • ‘These unscrupulous rulers violated every principle of Islam to survive in power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The situation has not been helped by unscrupulous landlords renting out property to anybody no matter what their history.’
    • ‘People don't like some of the tactics adopted by some unscrupulous evangelists to get people to convert.’
    • ‘Religions come into disrepute when manipulated by unscrupulous politicians.’
    • ‘He began copying because he was sick of paying money for inferior material to unscrupulous dealers and considered it his hobby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, some unscrupulous types are getting rich off kids' unfulfillable dreams.’
    • ‘He is ruthless, ambitious, unscrupulous, a threat to the region and a tyrant to his people but that does not make him a terrorist.’
    • ‘The small transport boats sink, or unscrupulous captains force their passengers into the sea.’
    • ‘Very often these unscrupulous people will just dump the rubbish.’
    • ‘It's not much of a gift, especially if some unscrupulous person was able to exploit it for their own wicked advantage.’
    • ‘There are lots of grey areas in this industry which many unscrupulous traders love to exploit.’
    • ‘The commission system is open to abuse by unscrupulous advisers who recommend unsuitable plans because they pay more.’
    • ‘It is also true there are unscrupulous persons who would exploit the image and story of Mandela.’
    • ‘As I stated above proper claims are welcomed as they stop unscrupulous people and employers from exploiting people.’
    • ‘The heyday of the unscrupulous mercenary type dawned when the colonial powers pulled out of Africa leaving chaos behind.’
    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
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Pronunciation

unscrupulous

/ˌənˈskro͞opyələs//ˌənˈskrupjələs/