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n. pl. dis·hon·es·ties
1. Lack of honesty or integrity; improbity.
2. A dishonest act or statement.


n, pl -ties
1. lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
2. (Law) a deceiving act or statement; fraud


(dɪsˈɒn ə sti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
2. a dishonest act; fraud.




  1. All frauds, like the wall daubed with untempered mortar … always tend to the decay of what they are devised to support —Richard Whately
  2. As honest a man as any in the cards, when the kings are out —Thomas Fuller
  3. At length corruption, like a general flood … shall deluge all —Alexander Pope
  4. Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower —Marguerite, Countess Blessington
  5. Corruption is like a ball of snow … once set a-rolling it must increase —Charles Caleb Colton
  6. Crooked as a worm writhing on a hook —Herman Wouk

    The people who are likened to worms are characters from Wouk’s political novel, Inside, Outside.

  7. (Pompous and braggadocian, he seemed to the children as flat and) false as his teeth —Ferrol Sams
  8. (She was) false as water —William Shakespeare
  9. Falser than vows made in wine —William Shakespeare
  10. Fraudulent as falsies —Helen Hudson
  11. He that builds his house with other men’s money is like one that gathers himself stones for the tomb of his burial —The Holy Bible/Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus

    The word ‘builds’ has been modernized from ‘buildeth’ and ‘gathers’ from ‘gathereth.’

  12. It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. Permit memory to paint it [a long-ago life style] falsely, like the face of some old whore who could wish to be taken as young and innocent —George Garrett
  14. Plays you as fair as if he’d picked your pocket —John Ray’s Proverbs
  15. Robbers are like rane, tha fall on the just and the unjust —Josh Billings

    In Billings’ phonetic dialect the word ‘rane’ is ‘rain’ and ‘tha’ is ‘they.’

  16. Sneaky as a rat in a hotel kitchen —William Alfred
  17. There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon —Thomas Paine
  18. To rob a friend even of a penny is like taking his life —Johann B. Nappaha
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
unrighteousness - failure to adhere to moral principles; "forgave us our sins and cleansed us of all unrighteousness"
corruption, corruptness - lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
unscrupulousness - the quality of unscrupulous dishonesty
deceptiveness, obliquity - the quality of being deceptive
deceit, fraudulence - the quality of being fraudulent
deviousness, crookedness - the quality of being deceitful and underhanded
shiftiness, trickiness, rascality, slipperiness - the quality of being a slippery rascal
larcenous, thievishness - having a disposition to steal
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful
disingenuousness - the quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor
honestness, honesty - the quality of being honest
2.dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
betrayal, perfidy, treachery, treason - an act of deliberate betrayal
charlatanism, quackery - the dishonesty of a charlatan
trick - an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
falsehood, falsification - the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting


noun deceit, fraud, corruption, cheating, graft (informal), treachery, trickery, criminality, duplicity, falsehood, chicanery, falsity, sharp practice, perfidy, mendacity, fraudulence, crookedness, wiliness, unscrupulousness, improbity She accused the government of dishonesty and incompetence.
"Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes" [Thomas Carlyle Count Cagliostro]


1. Lack of integrity:
2. Departure from what is legally, ethically, and morally correct:
Informal: crookedness.
عَدَم شَرَف، خِيانَه، عَدَم أمانَه


[dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ] N [of person] → falta f de honradez, deshonestidad f; [of declaration] → falsedad f; [of means] → carácter m fraudulento, fraudulencia f


[dɪsˈɒnɪsti] n [person, organization] → malhonnêteté f


nUnehrlichkeit f; (= cheating: of businessman) → Unredlichkeit f, → Unehrlichkeit f; (= lying)Verlogenheit f; (of plan, scheme)Unlauterkeit f


[dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ] n (see adj) → disonestà f inv, slealtà f inv


(disˈonist) adjective
not honest; deceitful. She was dishonest about her qualifications when she applied for the job.
disˈhonestly adverb
disˈhonesty noun
the state or quality of being dishonest. I would not have expected such dishonesty from him.
References in classic literature ?
How often (to take another example) have I denounced the mercenary and material spirit of the age--the habitual corruptions and dishonesties of commerce, in high places and in low