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n. pl. dis·hon·es·ties
1. Lack of honesty or integrity; improbity.
2. A dishonest act or statement.
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n, pl -ties
1. lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
2. (Law) a deceiving act or statement; fraud
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(dɪsˈɒn ə sti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
2. a dishonest act; fraud.
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  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
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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
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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]
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1. Lack of integrity:
2. Departure from what is legally, ethically, and morally correct:
Informal: crookedness.
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[dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ] N [of person] → falta f de honradez, deshonestidad f; [of declaration] → falsedad f; [of means] → carácter m fraudulento, fraudulencia f
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[dɪsˈɒnɪsti] n [person, organization] → malhonnêteté f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


nUnehrlichkeit f; (= cheating: of businessman) → Unredlichkeit f, → Unehrlichkeit f; (= lying)Verlogenheit f; (of plan, scheme)Unlauterkeit f
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[dɪsˈɒnɪstɪ] n (see adj) → disonestà f inv, slealtà f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Make me your confident, and I will undertake you shall be happy to the very extent of your wishes." "La, madam," says Sophia, looking more foolishly than ever she did in her life, "I know not what to say--why, madam, should you suspect?"--"Nay, no dishonesty," returned Mrs Western.
She said not a single word: he was only treating her as she had treated Helen, and her rage at his dishonesty only helped to indicate what Helen would feel against them.
Money 'tis that sacks Cities, and drives men forth from hearth and home; Warps and seduces native innocence, And breeds a habit of dishonesty. But they who sold themselves shall find their greed Out-shot the mark, and rue it soon or late.
He read industriously, as he read always, without criticism, stories of cruelty, deceit, ingratitude, dishonesty, and low cunning.
Yet he acknowledges that riches have the advantage of placing men above the temptation to dishonesty or falsehood.
"Making profit by dishonest means, by trickery," said Levin, conscious that he could not draw a distinct line between honesty and dishonesty. "Such as banking, for instance," he went on.
But his bitter virtue took the turn of the misanthrope; he moped over the dishonesty of his ancestors, from which, somehow, he generalised a dishonesty of all men.
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 master made I know not what speeches and explanations, which, though I listened to them, I did not accept.
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. In addition to the remarks I have made upon the subject in another place, I shall only observe that as it is a plain dictate of common-sense, so it is also an established doctrine of political law, that "States neither lose any of their rights, nor are discharged from any of their obligations, by a change in the form of their civil government."[4]
If from no better motive, that he should not have been too proud to be dishonest-- for dishonesty I must call it."