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

adj deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive

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
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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adj capable of being corrupted

dishonest politicians”
bribable, corruptible, purchasable, venal
lacking in integrity

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