Meaning of “dishonest” in the English Dictionary

"dishonest" in British English

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uk /dɪˈsɒn.ɪst/ us /dɪˈsɑː.nɪst/

B2 not honest:

a dishonest lawyer
a dishonest way of making money
morally dishonest
intellectually dishonest
He's been dishonest in his dealings with us/about his past.

More examples

  • I'm convinced she's being dishonest about what happened and is just trying to avoid the blame.
  • We believe that you have been dishonest with us and that some of the details on your CV are false.
  • The money never reached the people it was meant for but was stolen by dishonest officials.
  • She was upset by the suggestion that she had been dishonest.
  • I am very disappointed that you should accuse your sister in such a cowardly and dishonest way.
adverb uk /dɪˈsɒn.ɪ us /dɪˈsɑː.nɪ


The money was dishonestly obtained.
She's been accused of acting dishonestly.
noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈsɒn.ɪ.sti/ us /dɪˈsɑː.nə.sti/


Her dishonesty landed her in prison.

(Definition of “dishonest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dishonest" in American English

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us /dɪsˈɑn·əst/

not honest:

He’s been dishonest with us, and I’ll never trust him again.
noun [ U ] us /dɪsˈɑn·ə·sti/

(Definition of “dishonest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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