Someone dishonest is corrupt: a cheater, a liar, or a fraud. Dishonest folks shouldn't be trusted.


Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.

Adjective S.
capable of being corrupted; "corruptible judges"; "dishonest politicians"; "a purchasable senator"; "a venal police officer"

deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive

Adjective S.
lacking truthfulness; "a dishonest answer"

Adjective S.
lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable

Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.

Dishonored; disgraced; disfigured.

Wanting in honesty; void of integrity; faithless; disposed to cheat or defraud; not trustworthy; as, a dishonest man.

Characterized by fraud; indicating a want of probity; knavish; fraudulent; unjust.

v. t.
To disgrace; to dishonor; as, to dishonest a maid.


Dis*hon"est , a. [Pref. dis- + honest: cf. F. d'82shonn'88te, OF. deshoneste.] 1. Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. [Obs.]
Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars.
Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women].
2. Dishonored; disgraced; disfigured. [Obs.]
Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears, Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears.
3. Wanting in honesty; void of integrity; faithless; disposed to cheat or defraud; not trustworthy; as, a dishonest man. 4. Characterized by fraud; indicating a want of probity; knavish; fraudulent; unjust.
To get dishonest gain.
The dishonest profits of men in office.


Dis*hon"est, v. t. [Cf. OF. deshonester.] To disgrace; to dishonor; as, to dishonest a maid. [Obs.]
I will no longer dishonest my house.

Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.

To disgrace; to dishonor; as, to dishonest a maid.


Usage Examples

To write a story about New York that only deals with people in your age and socioeconomic bracket, that feels dishonest to me. So much of New York comes from everyone bumping into each other.

Anger cannot be dishonest.

Italians know about human nature - they understand human nature perhaps better than anyone else does. They know that people are weak and greedy and lazy and dishonest and they just try to make the best of it to work around it.

My parents were dishonest people. If it was my birthday, I knew my mother took me to the K-Mart and she stole my toy. She'd put it in the shopping cart and we'd walk out. I was raised with that.

Indians mock their corrupt politicians relentlessly, but they regard their honest politicians with silent suspicion. The first thing they do when they hear of a supposedly 'clean' politician is to grin. It is a cliche that honest politicians in India tend to have dishonest sons, who collect money from people seeking an audience with Dad.

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Other Usage Examples

Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.

I've learnt that through life you just get on with it. You're going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.

Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.

I have never met anyone who did not support our troops. Sometimes, however, we hear accusations that someone or some group does not support the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. But this is pure demagoguery, and it is intellectually dishonest.

Me, I'm dishonest, and you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it's the honest ones you have to watch out for.


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