Dishonest vs Defraud - What's the difference?

dishonest | defraud |

As an adjective dishonest

is not honest.

As a verb defraud is

to obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.




(en adjective)
  • Not honest.
  • Interfering with honesty.
  • (obsolete) Dishonourable; shameful; indecent; unchaste; lewd.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • inglorious triumphs and dishonest scars
  • * Sir T. North
  • Speak no foul or dishonest words before them [the women].
  • (obsolete) Dishonoured; disgraced; disfigured.
  • * Dryden
  • Dishonest with lopped arms the youth appears, / Spoiled of his nose and shortened of his ears.


    * honest




    (en verb)
  • To obtain money or property by fraud; to swindle.
  • *
  • *:I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
  • See also

    * fraudster English transitive verbs