Adjective "dishonest" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Behaving or prone to behave in an untrustworthy, deceitful, or insincere way.
  1. 'A series of dishonest dealings ensues, and the ramifications extend well beyond the contest.'
  2. 'Rarely has the true face of our bloodthirsty, dishonest and hypocritical rulers been revealed so clearly.'
  3. 'We must show our country that there is an alternative to this deceitful, dishonest, and discredited government.'
  4. 'I think it is dishonest to advertise their service as impartial.'
  5. 'If your bag is stolen and you happen to have a letter containing your address in it, a dishonest person could easily break in.'
  6. 'If a person pretends to be what he is not, he is usually accused of being dishonest or fraudulent.'
  7. 'While having a positive and happy disposition, you are so sensitive that you can feel when others are being dishonest or insincere.'
  8. 'As it is I am not a dishonest person, and I did not feel good about lying.'
  9. 'It might be very hurtful for parents to find that their daughter is dishonest.'
  10. 'I am not prepared to find that any of these witnesses was dishonest in the evidence that they gave.'
  11. 'he gave the editor a dishonest account of events'
  12. 'Is my use of the term in that sense misleading or dishonest?'
  13. 'In cases of dishonest assistance the accountability of the third parties will not be confined to the profit which he has made.'


1. not honest; disposed to lie, cheat, or steal; not worthy of trust or belief: a dishonest person.

2. proceeding from or exhibiting lack of honesty; fraudulent: a dishonest advertisement.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be dishonest in ways."

"labours can be dishonest in things."

"rests can be dishonest towards bonds."

"places can be dishonest with states."

"people can be dishonest towards bonds."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘dishonourable, unchaste’): from Old French deshoneste, Latin dehonestus.