Acting in a way that's deceitful or false is dishonesty. If your best friend claims she'll be studying all weekend, but she's actually planning to go out with other pals, that's dishonesty.

The word dishonesty implies that someone's lying, but it also encompasses cheating or being deceptive. When a magician claims to have special powers but secretly hides cards up their sleeve, you might think of it as dishonesty — although the magician might call it "illusion" or "sleight of hand."

Definitions of dishonesty

n the quality of being dishonest

honestness, honesty
the quality of being honest
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corruption, corruptness
lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
the quality of unscrupulous dishonesty
deceptiveness, obliquity
the quality of being deceptive
deceit, fraudulence
the quality of being fraudulent
crookedness, deviousness
the quality of being deceitful and underhanded
rascality, shiftiness, slipperiness, trickiness
the quality of being a slippery rascal
larcenous, thievishness
having a disposition to steal
the quality of being untruthful
the quality of being disingenuous and lacking candor
equivocation, evasiveness, prevarication
intentional vagueness or ambiguity
moral corruption or contamination
prostitution of talents or offices or services for reward
falseness, hollowness, insincerity
the quality of not being open or truthful; deceitful or hypocritical
meretriciousness, speciousness
an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility
corruptness among public officials
the tendency to be untruthful
craftiness, deceitfulness, guile
the quality of being crafty
the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage
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failure to adhere to moral principles

n lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

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betrayal, perfidy, treachery, treason
an act of deliberate betrayal
charlatanism, quackery
the dishonesty of a charlatan
an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent
falsehood, falsification
the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
double cross, double-crossing
an act of betrayal
an act of betrayal
frame-up, setup
an act that incriminates someone on a false charge
falsification by the use of sophistry; misleading by means of specious fallacies
criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
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actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

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