noun, plural dis·hon·es·ties.

  1. lack of honesty; a disposition to lie, cheat, or steal.
  2. a dishonest act; fraud.

noun plural -ties

  1. lack of honesty or fairness; deceit
  2. 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.

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