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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dishonest mean? 

DISHONEST (adjective)
  The adjective DISHONEST has 4 senses:

1. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
2. lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable
3. lacking truthfulness
4. capable of being corrupted

  Familiarity information: DISHONEST used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISHONEST (adjective)

Sense 1dishonest [BACK TO TOP]


Deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive


dishonest; dishonorable


thieving; thievish (given to thievery)

blackguardly; rascally; roguish; scoundrelly (lacking principles or scruples)

picaresque (involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction)

false (designed to deceive)

deceptive; misleading; shoddy (designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently)

deceitful; fallacious; fraudulent (intended to deceive)

beguiling (misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods)

ambidextrous; deceitful; double-dealing; double-faced; double-tongued; duplicitous; Janus-faced; two-faced (marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another)


untrustworthy; untrusty (not worthy of trust or belief)

false (not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality)

corrupt; crooked (not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive)

insincere (lacking sincerity)

dishonorable; dishonourable (lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor)


honest (not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent)

Sense 2dishonest [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable


corrupt; crooked (not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive)

Sense 3dishonest [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking truthfulness

Context example:

a dishonest answer


untruthful (not expressing or given to expressing the truth)

Sense 4dishonest [BACK TO TOP]


Capable of being corrupted


bribable; corruptible; purchasable; venal; dishonest

Context examples:

corruptible judges / dishonest politicians / a purchasable senator / a venal police officer


corrupt (lacking in integrity)

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