The definition of dishonest is a person who cheats or lies.
An example of dishonest is a man who has a wife and a mistress on the side; a dishonest man.
not honest; lying, cheating, etc.
Origin of dishonestMiddle English from Old French deshoneste, altered (after des-, dis-) from Classical Latin dehonestus: see de- and honest
- Disposed to lie, cheat, defraud, or deceive.
- Resulting from or marked by a lack of honesty.
Origin of dishonestMiddle English dishoneste dishonorable from Old French deshoneste probably from Medieval Latin dishonestus Latin dis- dis- Latin honestus honorable ; see honest .
dishonest lying 2untruthful deceitful mendacious
These adjectives mean lacking honesty or truthfulness. Dishonest is the least specific: a dishonest business executive. Lying conveys a blunt accusation of untruth: a lying witness giving inconsistent testimony. Untruthful is a softer term and suggests lack of veracity and divergence from fact: made an untruthful statement. Deceitful implies misleading by falsehood or by concealment of the truth: deceitful advertising. Mendacious is more formal than lying, and suggests a chronic inclination toward untruth: a mendacious and troublesome employee.
(comparative more dishonest, superlative most dishonest)