dishonesty


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dis·hon·es·ty

 (dĭs-ŏn′ĭ-stē)
n. pl. dis·hon·es·ties
1. Lack of honesty or integrity; improbity.
2. A dishonest act or statement.

dishonesty

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

dis•hon•es•ty

(dɪsˈɒn ə sti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
2. a dishonest act; fraud.
[1350–1400]

Dishonesty

 

See Also: BELIEV ABILITY, CRIME, LIES/LIARS

  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

dishonesty

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.
Quotations
"Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes" [Thomas Carlyle Count Cagliostro]

dishonesty

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

dishonesty

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

dishonesty

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

dishonesty

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

dishonesty

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

dishonest

(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 ?
Why they should have attracted me so strongly at first, and repelled me so horribly afterwards, is one of those devil's riddles which will not be answered until we shall have traced all the yet unsuspected reactions of our inveterate dishonesty.
The boor replied that he was flogging him because he was his servant and because of carelessness that proceeded rather from dishonesty than stupidity; on which this boy said, 'Senor, he flogs me only because I ask for my wages.
The newspapers have teemed with the most inflammatory railings on this head; yet there is nothing clearer than that the suggestion is entirely void of foundation, the offspring of extreme ignorance or extreme dishonesty.
If from no better motive, that he should not have been too proud to be dishonest-- for dishonesty I must call it.
So he stayed out his apprenticeship, and committed no act of dishonesty that was at all likely to be discovered, reserving his plan of emigration for a future opportunity.
And the woman I love knows that I began my career with an act of low dishonesty, that I built up my life upon sands of shame - that I sold, like a common huckster, the secret that had been intrusted to me as a man of honour.
Democracies will be most subject to revolutions from the dishonesty of their demagogues; for partly, by informing against men of property, they induce them to join together through self-defence, for a common fear will make the greatest enemies unite; and partly by setting the common people against them: and this is what any one may continually see practised in many states.
Whilst we absolve the association from dishonesty, we cannot extend the same charity to their leaders.
He read industriously, as he read always, without criticism, stories of cruelty, deceit, ingratitude, dishonesty, and low cunning.
I have noted time and time again that when an individual perjures himself in order to break the force of the black man's ballot, he soon learns to practise dishonesty in other relations of life, not only where the Negro is concerned, but equally so where a white man is concerned.
Once in summer he had sent for the village elder from Bogucharovo, a man who had succeeded to the post when Dron died and who was accused of dishonesty and various irregularities.
Put your pride in your pockets, and remember poverty is n't disgraceful, but dishonesty is.