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dis•hon•es•ty(dɪsˈɒn ə sti)
n., pl. -ties.
- All frauds, like the wall daubed with untempered mortar … always tend to the decay of what they are devised to support —Richard Whately
- As honest a man as any in the cards, when the kings are out —Thomas Fuller
- At length corruption, like a general flood … shall deluge all —Alexander Pope
- Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower —Marguerite, Countess Blessington
- Corruption is like a ball of snow … once set a-rolling it must increase —Charles Caleb Colton
- 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.
- (Pompous and braggadocian, he seemed to the children as flat and) false as his teeth —Ferrol Sams
- (She was) false as water —William Shakespeare
- Falser than vows made in wine —William Shakespeare
- Fraudulent as falsies —Helen Hudson
- 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.’
- It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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
- Plays you as fair as if he’d picked your pocket —John Ray’s Proverbs
- 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.’
- Sneaky as a rat in a hotel kitchen —William Alfred
- There is something in corruption which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the color of itself to the object it looks upon —Thomas Paine
- To rob a friend even of a penny is like taking his life —Johann B. Nappaha
|Noun||1.||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
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful
disingenuousness - the quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor
|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"
trick - an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
"Dishonesty is the raw material not of quacks only, but also in great part of dupes" [Thomas Carlyle Count Cagliostro]