Dishonest Dis*hon"est, a. [Pref. dis- + honest: cf. F. d['e]shonn[^e]te, OF. deshoneste.] 1. Dishonorable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women]. --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster]

2. Dishonored; disgraced; disfigured. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears, Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Wanting in honesty; void of integrity; faithless; disposed to cheat or defraud; not trustworthy; as, a dishonest man. [1913 Webster]

4. Characterized by fraud; indicating a want of probity; knavish; fraudulent; unjust. [1913 Webster]

To get dishonest gain. --Ezek. xxii. 27. [1913 Webster]

The dishonest profits of men in office. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

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