dishonest [dis än′ist]
[ME < OFr deshoneste, altered (after des-, DIS-) < L dehonestus: see DE- & HONEST]
not honest; lying, cheating, etc.
SYN.- DISHONEST implies the act or practice of telling a lie, or of cheating, deceiving, stealing, etc. [a dishonest official ]; DECEITFUL implies an intent to make someone believe what is not true, as by giving a false appearance, using fraud, etc. [a deceitful advertisement ]; LYING2 suggests only the act of telling a falsehood [curb your lying tongue ]; UNTRUTHFUL is used as a somewhat softened substitute for lying, esp. with reference to statements, reports, etc. [an untruthful account ] -ANT. HONEST

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