Someone dishonest is corrupt: a cheater, a liar, or a fraud. Dishonest folks shouldn’t be trusted.

If you know that being honest means to tell the truth and be straightforward, then you can probably guess that being dishonest means to tell lies and be crooked. Liars are dishonest. Criminals are dishonest. Some lawyers and politicians have a reputation for being dishonest, as do commercials that will say anything just to get you to spend your money. Besides people, certain actions are dishonest, like forging someone’s signature. When you see the word dishonest, think “Untrustworthy!”

Definitions of dishonest
  1. adjective

    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive


    Janus-faced, ambidextrous, deceitful, double-dealing, double-faced, double-tongued, duplicitous, two-faced

    marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another

    misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods
    deceitful, fallacious, fraudulent

    intended to deceive
    deceptive, misleading, shoddy

    designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently

    designed to deceive

    involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
    blackguardly, rascally, roguish, scoundrelly

    lacking principles or scruples
    thieving, thievish

    given to thievery
    dishonorable, dishonourable

    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor

    lacking sincerity
    corrupt, crooked

    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
    untrustworthy, untrusty

    not worthy of trust or belief
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    honest, honorable

    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
    echt, genuine

    not fake or counterfeit

    characterized by plain blunt honesty
    honorable, honourable

    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    artless, ingenuous

    characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

    open and genuine; not deceitful
    square, straight

    characterized by honesty and fairness

    consistent with fact or reality; not false
    trustworthy, trusty

    worthy of trust or belief
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  2. adjective

    capable of being corrupted

    dishonest politicians”
    bribable, corruptible, purchasable, venal


    lacking in integrity

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