Definitions for: Dishonesty


[n] lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
[n] the quality of being dishonest



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*hon"es*ty, n. [Cf. OF. deshonest['e], F.
d['e]shonn[^e]tet['e].]
1. Dishonor; dishonorableness; shame. [Obs.] ``The hidden
things of dishonesty.'' --2 Cor. iv. 2.

2. Want of honesty, probity, or integrity in principle; want
of fairness and straightforwardness; a disposition to
defraud, deceive, or betray; faithlessness.

3. Violation of trust or of justice; fraud; any deviation
from probity; a dishonest act.

4. Lewdness; unchastity. --Shak.

Synonyms: knavery

Antonyms: honestness, honesty

See Also: actus reus, betrayal, charlatanism, corruption, corruptness, crookedness, deceit, deceptiveness, deviousness, disingenuousness, falsehood, falsification, fraudulence, larcenous, misconduct, obliquity, perfidy, quackery, rascality, shiftiness, slipperiness, thievishness, treachery, treason, trick, trickiness, unrighteousness, unscrupulousness, untruthfulness, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

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