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dishonest Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
  2. adjective satellite capable of being corrupted
    bribable; purchasable; corruptible; venal.
    • corruptible judges
    • dishonest politicians
    • a purchasable senator
    • a venal police officer

Dis*hon"est adjective
Pref. dis- + honest: cf. F. déshonnête, OF. deshoneste.
  1. Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. Obs.
    Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars. Pope.
    Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women]. Sir T. North.
  2. Dishonored; disgraced; disfigured. Obs.
    Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears, Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears. Dryden.
  3. Wanting in honesty; void of integrity; faithless; disposed to cheat or defraud; not trustworthy; as, a dishonest man.
  4. Characterized by fraud; indicating a want of probity; knavish; fraudulent; unjust.
    To get dishonest gain. Ezek. xxii. 27.
    The dishonest profits of men in office. Bancroft.
Dis*hon"est transitive verb
Cf. OF. deshonester.
  1. To disgrace; to dishonor; as, to dishonest a maid. Obs.
    I will no longer dishonest my house. Chapman.

Webster 1913

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