dishonest

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Old French deshoneste, from Latin dehonestus. See dis-, honest

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dishonest (comparative more dishonest, superlative most dishonest)

  1. Not honest.
  2. Interfering with honesty.
  3. (obsolete) Dishonourable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.
    • 1713, Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest:
      inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir T. North and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women].
  4. (obsolete) Dishonoured; disgraced; disfigured.
    • 1697, “The Sixth Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears, / Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears.

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