• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dishonest capable of being corrupted "corruptible judges","dishonest politicians","a purchasable senator","a venal police officer"
    • adj dishonest deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dishonest Characterized by fraud; indicating a want of probity; knavish; fraudulent; unjust. "To get dishonest gain.""The dishonest profits of men in office."
    • Dishonest Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. "Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars.""Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women]."
    • Dishonest Dishonored; disgraced; disfigured. "Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears,
      Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears."
    • v. t Dishonest To disgrace; to dishonor; as, to dishonest a maid. "I will no longer dishonest my house."
    • Dishonest Wanting in honesty; void of integrity; faithless; disposed to cheat or defraud; not trustworthy; as, a dishonest man.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dishonest Not honest; without honesty; destitute of probity or integrity; having or exercising a disposition to deceive, cheat, or defraud.
    • dishonest Not honest in quality; proceeding from or exhibiting lack of honesty, fraudulent; knavish: as, a dishonest transaction.
    • dishonest Dishonored; disgraced.
    • dishonest Dishonorable; disgraceful; ignominious.
    • dishonest Unchaste; lewd.
    • dishonest Synonyms and False, unfair, disingenuous, unscrupulous, perfidious, treacherous, slippery.
    • dishonest To dishonor; disgrace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dishonest diz-on′est not honest: wanting integrity: disposed to cheat: insincere:
    • adj Dishonest diz-on′est (Shak.) unchaste
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  • George R. Bach
    George R. Bach
    “Anger cannot be dishonest.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!”
  • Albert Einstein
    “God is clever, but not dishonest.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them.”
  • Chilo
    “Prefer a loss to dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + honest,: cf. F. déshonnête, OF. deshoneste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. deshonneste, des—L. dis, neg., honneste—L. honestus, honest.


In literature:

If such sums could not be obtained honestly they must be had dishonestly.
"Fiat Money Inflation in France" by Andrew Dickson White
But it is the dishonest ones who undo whatever good the majority are able to achieve.
"Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz" by Robert J. Evans
Your trade is a strange one, but not dishonest.
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
When the superintendent accepted Captain Rushton's money, he did not intend to act dishonestly.
"Brave and Bold" by Horatio Alger
He is dishonest to the very core.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
She dotes as perfectly upon the courtier, as her husband doth on her, and only wants the face to be dishonest.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Not so the dishonest importer and the agent of the foreign manufacturer.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
If he promised, not meaning to perform in certain cases, is he not doubly dishonest?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Infinitely better, that you be honestly poor than dishonestly rich.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
His father hitherto had not heard the name of Mrs. Smith, and had been told only of Crinkett's dishonest successes and dishonest failures.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

To hold the respect of those you know,
To scorn dishonest pelf;
To sympathize with another's woe,
And just be true to yourself.
"Things Worth While." by Edwin Carty Ranck
The Comicke Muse makes this report,
Shee loues no more dishonest sport.
For now she finds, that at her birth,
She was ordain'd for harmelesse mirth.
""The Comicke Muse makes this report"" by Sir William Vaughan
"Thou gav'st the weed and wreath of song, * the weed and wreath are
solely Thine,
And this dishonest vesture * is the only vesture that is mine;
The life I textured, Thou the song *--MY handicraft is not divine!"
"A Judgment In Heaven" by Francis Thompson
Besides the cleannesse of sweet abstinence,
Quick thoughts and motions at a small expense,
A face not fearing light:
Whereas in fulnesse there are sluttish fumes,
Sowre exhalations, and dishonest rheumes,
Revenging the delight.
"Lent" by George Herbert
Well, we lit right in an' voted dat it was a gran idee,
An' de dinneh we had Christmas was worth trabblin' miles to see;
An' we eat a full an' plenty, big an' little, great an' small,
Not beca'se we was dishonest, but indignant, sah. Dat's all.
"An Indignation Dinner" by James David Corrothers

In news:

Obama camp challenged on push to label Romney ' dishonest '.
Is Broun misguided or dishonest .
Is Rep Broun misguided, or dishonest .
Obama was "prepared" for debate, Romney was " dishonest ".
On day of President's visit to Roanoke, Governor McDonnell calls Obama ads dishonest .
Laura Bush foes dishonest about her work for women.
McConnell is Endorsing Dishonest Campaigns.
The Obama campaign says Mitt Romney was dishonest .
Matthew Continetti today absolutely flays the New Yorker' s Jane Mayer, the aggressively liberal and hideously intellectually dishonest hack known for hit jobs on Clarence Thomas, Dick Cheney, and others.
In a series of experiments, Ariely neatly shows that neither the size of the reward nor the probability of getting caught substantially affects the likelihood of dishonest behavior.
Ariely sees two conflicting motivations at work in dishonest behavior.
In both cases, subjects were unable to determine who was being dishonest .
And there are irrational forces that we don't think drive our dishonest behavior — but do.
One of them has to do with the degree to which we can justify our dishonesty and, in particular, the distance of the dishonest act from money.
The annual signing of a fraud policy should be extended to all volunteers, including the board of directors, who aren't immune from committing dishonest or unfaithful acts.

In science:

It would thus be dishonest of us to claim that our methods are motivated based on the performance achieved with delays chosen by us.
Decentralized Search with Random Costs
Remote integrity check with dishonest storage server.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
However, of course, we still need to introduce privacy amplification to protect Bob against a dishonest Eve.
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
Now suppose D is dishonest, and D ′ is its witness.
Surfaces that become isotopic after Dehn filling
Either D or E is honest, or they are both dishonest and have disjoint witnesses.
Surfaces that become isotopic after Dehn filling