Dishonesty
Dishonesty Dis*hon"es*ty, n. [Cf. OF. deshonest['e], F. d['e]shonn[^e]tet['e].] 1. Dishonor; dishonorableness; shame. [Obs.] ``The hidden things of dishonesty.'' --2 Cor. iv. 2. [1913 Webster]

2. Want of honesty, probity, or integrity in principle; want of fairness and straightforwardness; a disposition to defraud, deceive, or betray; faithlessness. [1913 Webster]

3. Violation of trust or of justice; fraud; any deviation from probity; a dishonest act. [1913 Webster]

4. Lewdness; unchastity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • dishonesty — I noun bad faith, cheating, chicane, chicanery, corruption, corruptness, cozenage, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, deviation from probity, dishonor, disingenuousness, disposition to deceive, disposition to defraud, disposition ro lie, duplicity …   Law dictionary

  • dishonesty — late 14c., disgrace, shame, want of honor, from O.Fr. deshonesté (13c.) dishonor, impropriety, from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + L. honestatem honorableness (see HONESTY (Cf. honesty)). Meaning want of honesty is recorded from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • dishonesty — [n] lying; unwillingness to tell the truth artifice, bunk, cheating, chicane, chicanery, corruption, craft, criminality, crookedness, cunning, deceit, double dealing, duplicity, faithlessness, falsehood, falsity, flimflam*, fourberie, fraud,… …   New thesaurus

  • dishonesty — [dis än′is tē] n. [ME dishoneste < OFr deshonesté] 1. the quality of being dishonest; dishonest behavior; deceiving, stealing, etc. 2. pl. dishonesties a dishonest act or statement; fraud, lie, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Dishonesty — This article is about the legal concept of dishonesty. For its broader ethical meaning and context, see Honesty. Dishonesty is a word which, in common usage, may be defined as the act or to act without honesty. It is used to describe a lack of… …   Wikipedia

  • dishonesty — [[t]dɪsɒ̱nɪsti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Dishonesty is dishonest behaviour. She accused the government of dishonesty and incompetence …   English dictionary

  • dishonesty — noun /dɪsˈɒnɪ.stɪ/ a) The characteristic or condition of being dishonest. His dishonesty appears in leaving his friend here in necessity and denying him. b) An act which is fraudulent or otherwise dishonest. Ant: honesty …   Wiktionary

  • dishonesty — dis|hon|es|ty [ dıs anəsti ] noun uncount behavior that involves doing things that are not honest: He was accused of dishonesty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dishonesty — noun Richard was a victim of his business manager s dishonesty Syn: fraud, fraudulence, corruption, cheating, chicanery, double dealing, deceit, deception, duplicity, lying, falseness, falsity, falsehood, untruthfulness; craft, cunning, trickery …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • dishonesty — UK [dɪsˈɒnəstɪ] / US [dɪsˈɑnəstɪ] noun [uncountable] behaviour that involves doing things that are not honest He was accused of dishonesty …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”