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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The fact that they controlled the company which consented to the transfer was irrelevant in the light of their dishonest appropriation.
▪ This has the advantage that the cases referred to will be brought within the single concept of dishonest appropriation.
▪ a dishonest lawyer
▪ a dishonest politician
▪ A few dishonest dealers give the used car trade a bad name.
▪ I don't think he was being dishonest - he just didn't know the truth.
▪ It was dishonest of him to suggest that he actually had a degree from Oxford - he was just there for one term.
▪ People on welfare are often wrongly characterized as lazy or dishonest.
▪ A second form of corruption was dishonest dealing by the officers of the law.
▪ A store presumably would not authorise dishonest persons putting items intended to be stolen even into the shop's trolley.
▪ Any kind of sharp practice or dishonest dealing will infallibly ruin his career.
▪ For instance, referring to the title, some characters are just and immoral, some are fair and dishonest.
▪ It was dishonest, he felt.
▪ There were even rebelliously honest policemen, who might blow the whistle on the dishonest ones.
▪ They say our commanders are dishonest.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dishonest \Dis*hon"est\, a. [Pref. dis- + honest: cf. F. d['e]shonn[^e]te, OF. deshoneste.]

  1. Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. [Obs.]

    Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars.

    Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women].
    --Sir T. North.

  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.
    --Ezek. xxii. 27.

    The dishonest profits of men in office.


Dishonest \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French deshoneste (13c., Modern French déshonnête) "dishonorable, horrible, indecent," perhaps from a Medieval Latin or Gallo-Roman compound of Latin dis- "not" (see dis-) + honestus "honorable" (see honest). The Latin formation was dehonestus. Related: Dishonestly.


a. 1 Not honest. 2 interfere with honesty. 3 (context obsolete English) Dishonourable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. 4 (context obsolete English) Dishonoured; disgraced; disfigured.

  1. adj. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive [syn: dishonorable] [ant: honest]

  2. lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable [syn: unscrupulous]

  3. lacking truthfulness; "a dishonest answer"

  4. capable of being corrupted; "corruptible judges"; "dishonest politicians"; "a purchasable senator"; "a venal police officer" [syn: corruptible, bribable, purchasable, venal]

Usage examples of "dishonest".

I stayed here with my dark lantern and allowed the dishonest men of the world to come to me.

Students of the inheritance of mental and moral traits may be interested to note that while the ordinary Chinese mestizo in the Philippines is a man of probity, who has the high regard of his European business associates, the Ilocanos, supposed descendants of pirates, are considered rather tricky and dishonest.

As I must likewise say a few words respecting my nature and my temperament, I premise that the most indulgent of my readers is not likely to be the most dishonest or the least gifted with intelligence.

Since he remained in office it could hardly have been known at the time of the visit to Bethany that he was dishonest, nor could it have been known at any time to Matthew and Mark, for they would not have lost the opportunity of adding such a touch to the portrait.

She must resemble a character in one of those movie scenes where the deceived cowboy cottons to the truth and overturns the poker table on the dishonest itinerant cardshark, except that she was playing the drama in slow motion, as in a Western underwater.

At the end of this wounded, dishonest season, as the first crocuses appeared, returning from their winter in the underworld, Calliope Stephanides, who also felt something stirring in the soil of her being, found herself reading the classics.

There are many men, some lying, unscrupulous, dishonest, others cruel, selfish, vicious, who go through life without ever doing anything that brings them within the scope of the criminal code, for whose offences the laws of society provide no punishment.

I doubt, however, whether it is more dishonest, and whether struggles were not made quite as disgraceful to the strugglers as anything that is done now.

So The Lemon Drop Kid puts the C note in his pants pocket, and walks around and about until the horses are going to the post, and you must not think there is anything dishonest in his not betting this money with a bookmaker, as The Lemon Drop Kid is only taking the bet himself, which is by no means unusual, and in fact it is so common that only guys like Cap Duhaine and his sleuths think much about it.

Broadcasting is what it is, not because there is something inherently vulgar, silly and dishonest about the whole apparatus of microphone and transmitter, but because all the broadcasting that now happens all over the world is under the control of governments or great monopoly companies which are actively interested in maintaining the status quo and therefore in preventing the common man from becoming too intelligent.

Such a transaction was certainly fraudulent, as it is dishonest to play when one is certain of winning.

They taught me gambling, won the little I possessed, and then they made me play upon trust, and put me up to dishonest practices in order to procure the means of paying my gambling debts.

For day discouers all dishonest wayes,And sheweth each thing, as it is indeed:The prayses of high God he faire displayes,And his large bountie rightly doth areed.

As to changing his counsel, a man may do so without reproach, if the cause cease, or when a new case betides, or if he find that by error or otherwise harm or damage may result, or if his counsel be dishonest or come of dishonest cause, or if it be impossible or may not properly be kept.

We had learned there really was a dishonest teller at her bank, and that he had been in cahoots with the swindlers all the time.