noun, plural dis·hon·es·ties.
- lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
- a dishonest act; fraud.
noun plural -ties
- lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
- a deceiving act or statement; fraud
late 14c., “disgrace, shame, want of honor,” from Old French deshonesté (13c.) “dishonor, impropriety,” from des- (see dis-) + Latin honestatem “honorableness” (see honesty). Meaning “want of honesty” is recorded from 1590s.