Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French deshoneste, from des- dis- + honeste honest
Date: 14th century
1. obsolete shameful, unchaste
2. characterized by lack of truth, honesty, or trustworthiness ; unfair, deceptive
• dishonestly adverb
dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief.
dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud <. deceitful usually implies an intent to mislead and commonly suggests a false appearance or double-dealing <the secret affairs of a deceitful spouse>. mendacious may suggest bland or even harmlessly mischievous deceit and when used of people often suggests a habit of telling untruths <mendacious tales of adventure>. untruthful stresses a discrepancy between what is said and fact or reality <an untruthful account of their actions>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.
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Dishonest — Dis*hon est, a. [Pref. dis + honest: cf. F. d[ e]shonn[^e]te, OF. deshoneste.] 1. Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars. Pope. [1913 Webster] Speak no foul or dishonest… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
dishonest — dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, lying, untruthful are comparable especially when applying to persons, their utterances, and their acts and meaning deficient in honesty and unworthy of trust or belief. Dishonest may apply to any breach of… … New Dictionary of Synonyms
dishonest — I adjective beguiling, bogus, cheating, conniving, conscienceless, contrary to fact, corrupt, corruptible, counterfeit, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, delusive, delusory, designing, destitute of good faith, destitute of integrity,… … Law dictionary
Dishonest — Dis*hon est, v. t. [Cf. OF. deshonester.] To disgrace; to dishonor; as, to dishonest a maid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I will no longer dishonest my house. Chapman. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
dishonest — [dis än′ist] adj. [ME < OFr deshoneste, altered (after des , DIS ) < L dehonestus: see DE & HONEST] not honest; lying, cheating, etc. dishonestly adv. SYN. DISHONEST implies the act or practice of telling a lie, or of cheating, deceiving,… … English World dictionary
dishonest — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. deshoneste (13c., Mod.Fr. déshonnête) dishonorable, horrible, indecent, perhaps from a M.L. or Gallo Rom. compound of L. dis not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + honestus honorable (see HONEST (Cf. honest)). The Latin formation … Etymology dictionary
dishonest — [adj] lying, untruthful backbiting*, bent, bluffing, cheating, corrupt, crafty, crooked, cunning, deceitful, deceiving, deceptive, designing, disreputable, double crossing, double dealing, elusive, false, fraudulent, guileful, hoodwinking*,… … New thesaurus
dishonest — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not honest, trustworthy, or sincere. DERIVATIVES dishonestly adverb dishonesty noun … English terms dictionary
dishonest — adj. dishonest to + inf. (it is dishonest to lie about one s age) * * * [dɪs ɒnɪst] dishonest to + int. (it is dishonest to lie about one s age) … Combinatory dictionary
dishonest — [[t]dɪsɒ̱nɪst[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf If you say that a person or their behaviour is dishonest, you mean that they are not truthful or honest and that you cannot trust them. You have been dishonest with me... It would be… … English dictionary