adjective 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, deceptivedishonestly adverb Synonyms: dishonest, deceitful, mendacious, untruthful mean unworthy of trust or belief. dishonest implies a willful perversion of truth in order to deceive, cheat, or defraud <
a swindle usually involves two dishonest people
. 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

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