One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he lost money as a result of his solicitor's dishonesty’
deceit, deception, duplicity, lying, falseness, falsity, falsehood, untruthfulness
fraud, fraudulence, sharp practice, cheating, chicanery, craft, cunning, trickery, artifice, artfulness, wiliness, guile, double-dealing, underhandedness, subterfuge, skulduggery, treachery, perfidy, unfairness, unjustness, improbity, rascality, untrustworthiness, dishonour, unscrupulousness, corruption, criminality, lawlessness, lawbreaking, misconduct
informal crookedness, shadiness, foxiness, dirty tricks, kidology, shenanigans, monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky
British informal jiggery-pokery
North American informal monkeyshines
Irish informal codology
archaic management, knavery, knavishness
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