Etymology
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dishonesty (n.)

late 14c., "disgrace, shame, want of honor," from Old French deshonesté (13c., Modern French deshonnéteté) "dishonor, impropriety," from des- (see dis-) + Latin honestatem (nominative honestas) "honorableness," from honestus "honorable; deserving honor, respectable," from honos "honor, dignity, office, reputation," which is of unknown origin. Meaning "want of honesty, lack of integrity," the main modern sense, is recorded from 1590s.

updated on August 28, 2018

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Definitions of dishonesty from WordNet

dishonesty (n.)
the quality of being dishonest;
dishonesty (n.)
lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing;
Synonyms: knavery
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