Someone dishonest is corrupt: a cheater, a liar, or a fraud. Dishonest folks shouldn't be trusted.

If you know that being honest means to tell the truth and be straightforward, then you can probably guess that being dishonest means to tell lies and be crooked. Liars are dishonest. Criminals are dishonest. Some lawyers and politicians have a reputation for being dishonest, as do commercials that will say anything just to get you to spend your money. Besides people, certain actions are dishonest, like forging someone's signature. When you see the word dishonest, think "Untrustworthy!"

Definitions of dishonest
  1. adjective
    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
    synonyms: dishonorable
    Janus-faced, ambidextrous, deceitful, double-dealing, double-faced, double-tongued, duplicitous, two-faced
    marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
    misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods
    deceitful, fallacious, fraudulent
    intended to deceive
    deceptive, misleading, shoddy
    designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently
    designed to deceive
    involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
    blackguardly, rascally, roguish, scoundrelly
    lacking principles or scruples
    thieving, thievish
    given to thievery
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
    lacking sincerity
    corrupt, crooked
    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
    untrustworthy, untrusty
    not worthy of trust or belief
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    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
    echt, genuine
    not fake or counterfeit
    characterized by plain blunt honesty
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    artless, ingenuous
    characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
    open and genuine; not deceitful
    square, straight
    characterized by honesty and fairness
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
    trustworthy, trusty
    worthy of trust or belief
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  2. adjective
    capable of being corrupted
    dishonest politicians”
    synonyms: bribable, corruptible, purchasable, venal
    lacking in integrity
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