dishonesty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dishonesty lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
    • n dishonesty the quality of being dishonest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dishonesty Dishonor; dishonorableness; shame. "The hidden things of dishonesty ."
    • Dishonesty Lewdness; unchastity.
    • Dishonesty Violation of trust or of justice; fraud; any deviation from probity; a dishonest act.
    • Dishonesty Want of honesty, probity, or integrity in principle; want of fairness and straightforwardness; a disposition to defraud, deceive, or betray; faithlessness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dishonesty The quality of being dishonest; lack of honesty; want of probity or integrity; a disposition to cheat or defraud, or to deceive and betray.
    • n dishonesty Violation of trust or of justice; fraud; treachery; any deviation from probity or integrity.
    • n dishonesty Unchastity; lewdness.
    • n dishonesty Synonyms Knavishness, deceitfulness, perfidiousness, unscrupulousness, unfairness, slipperiness.
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Quotations

  • Charles Simmons
    Charles Simmons
    “Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.”
  • George A. Knight
    George A. Knight
    “Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.”
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
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    “Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.”
  • Horace Mann
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    “Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. deshonesté, F. déshonnêteté,

Usage

In literature:

Why should girls excuse themselves for classroom dishonesty?
"A Girl's Student Days and After" by Jeannette Marks
Was the expression I saw upon it one of triumph, or one of defeated dishonesty?
"The Argosy" by Various
Its character is dishonesty.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Charge one with dishonesty, and the next week he will ride a hundred miles to deliver a bracelet you paid for months before.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
It is still worse when a student discovers in religious writers signs of dishonesty and fraud.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The Chief realised that it was deliberate slackness that led to dishonesty, not dishonesty that was incidentally slack.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
There was no great dishonesty, but his tea-caddy was no longer guarded and provisions ceased to be mysteriously preserved.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
He owed his millions to no genuine force of character, but to luck, industry, and dishonesty.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
This dishonesty of Phinuit certainly complicates the problem singularly.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
In the first article he exposed the ignorance and dishonesty of James.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
But a game which was founded wholly on dishonesty was something which I felt was unworthy of our men.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Dishonesty would have driven us out of business long ago.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
They were honest themselves, and not easy to suspect dishonesty in others.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
How often one hears that made the excuse for all sorts of meanness, dishonesty, grasping tyranny.
"True Words for Brave Men" by Charles Kingsley
More and more I am convinced that we shall have to make a violent and very conscious effort to get clear of dishonesty.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
I don't mind his insolence, but the shifty dishonesty of the fellow.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
On the Mount of Mercury, dishonesty.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
But lack of promptness will shake confidence almost as quickly as downright dishonesty.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
This, for instance, was the only case of dishonesty or even sharp practice in our whole voyage.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Should he confront Caleb Annister with the evidence of his dishonesty, or would it be better to wait a while?
"The Boy from the Ranch" by Frank V. Webster
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In news:

In a sports world full of dishonesty , one golfer gives hope.
Explaining Romney's dishonesty on the auto-bailout.
Accuses Romney of dishonesty , extremism.
As President Barack Obama tries to gather more campaign cash today in California, his surrogates are continuing to pound the theme that Mitt Romney's success in last week's debate was the result of dishonesty .
PennFuture accuses DEP of permit dishonesty .
A day after losing the first presidential debate to Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama and his campaign accused the Republican challenger of dishonesty over tax policy and other issues.
DENVER,COLORADO — A day after losing the first presidential debate to Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama and his campaign accused the Republican challenger of dishonesty over tax policy and other issues.
Decay, decline and dishonesty in higher education.
Will Paul Ryan's dishonesty matter to voters.
Dishonesty Is the Seventh Killer App.
Propaganda and dishonesty have always existed in politics, but the 2012 campaign takes it to a new level.
There are No Limits on Dishonesty in the Obama-Romney Race.
Iran attacks world powers' ' dishonesty .
Women, Romney and his 'outrageous dishonesty '.
Dishonesty insubordination alleged after investigation.
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In science:

The second and more abstract point is that even if the Bayesians do not engage in active intellectual dishonesty, there is still no ob jective way to select a prior.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
A common problem in all election systems of interest is the incentive for dishonesty.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
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