Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disposed to lie, cheat, defraud, or deceive.
  • adj. Resulting from or marked by a lack of honesty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not honest.
  • adj. Interfering with honesty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.
  • adj. Dishonored; disgraced; disfigured.
  • adj. Wanting in honesty; void of integrity; faithless; disposed to cheat or defraud; not trustworthy.
  • adj. Characterized by fraud; indicating a want of probity; knavish; fraudulent; unjust.
  • transitive v. To disgrace; to dishonor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not honest; without honesty; destitute of probity or integrity; having or exercising a disposition to deceive, cheat, or defraud.
  • Not honest in quality; proceeding from or exhibiting lack of honesty, fraudulent; knavish: as, a dishonest transaction.
  • Dishonored; disgraced.
  • Dishonorable; disgraceful; ignominious.
  • Unchaste; lewd.
  • Synonyms and False, unfair, disingenuous, unscrupulous, perfidious, treacherous, slippery.
  • To dishonor; disgrace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of being corrupted
  • adj. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive

Etymologies

Middle English dishoneste, dishonorable, from Old French deshoneste, probably from Medieval Latin *dishonestus : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin honestus, honorable; see honest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French deshoneste, from Latin dehonestus. See dis-, honest (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Let us quickly acknowledge that the phrase "dishonest political rhetoric" is often a case of using three words where two will do.

    Picking Up Obama's Gauntlet on Taxes

  • In a stern speech at the opening of the meeting of lawmakers, independent experts and advocates, Obama strongly denounced what he described as dishonest budgeting practices during the Bush administration, which he said had budgeted "zero dollars" for the Iraq war or for natural disasters, preferring to use emergency supplemental funds that entailed heavy deficit spending.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • After criticizing what he calls dishonest accounting in the past, the president is putting the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into that main budget.

    CNN Transcript Feb 28, 2009

  • In 2004 Labor blamed what it described as a dishonest interest rate scare campaign.

    Speech: A Narrative of Success

  • "Frankly if all that stuff were true I wouldn't vote for myself," Gingrich said in Jacksonville on Monday, referring to what he called "dishonest" Romney ads.

    CNN.com

  • Ichter, for what he called their dishonest behavior related to a deposition.

    Law.com - Newswire

  • Someone who would do that is what we call a dishonest propagandist and party loyalist, and, in any event, is unlikely to have any credibility with anyone beyond already-converted, fellow Obama admirers.

    Salon

  • Mr. Bayh, lazy and dishonest is no way to go through life.

    Think Progress » Bayh tries to walk back inaccurate claim about Congress not creating jobs, but still gets it wrong.

  • Just like Rahm and Obama you are engaging in dishonest obfuscation to invalidate liberal criticism of Obama and the rightward direction of the Democratic party.

    Matthew Yglesias » Government for Sale

  • But as you note there is a difference between that and publishing data, studies, and books that contain dishonest and fraudulant data.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A New Book Coming Soon from Michael Bellesiles

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