(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of probity
1. improbity; dishonesty, dishonor; disgrace, disrepute; fraud, deception; lying, falsehood; bad faith, infidelity, inconstancy, faithlessness, Judas kiss, betrayal; breach of promise, trust, or faith; renegation, renegadism, disloyalty, [high] treason; Watergate; apostasy (see changeableness). Slang, Irangate. See guilt, illegality, wrong.
2. (dishonest actions) villainy, baseness, abjection, debasement, [moral] turpitude, laxity; perfidy, perfidiousness, treachery, duplicity, double-dealing; knavery, roguery, rascality, foul play; trickery, venality; collaboration; nepotism, corruption, simony, barratry, graft, jobbery, malfeasance; night of the long knives. Slang, dirty pool.
3. vice, depravity, looseness, profligacy. See impurity.
4. knave (see evildoer); double-crosser, betrayer, informer; collaborator, Quisling; fair-weather friend. Informal, two-timer. Slang, rat, [rat]fink.
1. play false; forswear, break one's word, faith, or promise, go back on one's word; betray, double-cross, stab in the back, sell out, sell down the river, sell the pass; cuckold, jilt, cheat on, carry on; lie (see falsehood); live by one's wits; misrepresent; hit below the belt. Informal, two-time. Slang, rat (on), fink (on), blow the whistle (on), yard (on), chippy (on).
2. sin (see badness).
1. dishonest, dishonorable, unscrupulous, fly-by-night; fraudulent (see deception); knavish, disgraceful, unconscionable; disreputable (see disrepute); wicked, sinful, vicious, criminal.
2. false-hearted, two-faced; crooked, insidious, Machiavellian, dark, slippery; perfidious, treacherous, underhand[ed], perjured; infamous, arrant, foul, base, abject, vile, ignominious, blackguard; corrupt, venal; recreant, inglorious, discreditable, improper; faithless, false, unfaithful, disloyal; treacherous, renegade; untrustworthy, unreliable, undependable, trustless; lost to shame, dead to honor.
Adverbs — dishonestly, like a thief in the night, underhandedly, by fair means or foul, by hook or crook.
Phrases — there is nothing constant but inconstancy; fear the Greeks bearing gifts.
Quotations — Faith unfaithful kept him falsely true (Lord Tennyson), We have to distrust each other. It's our only defense against betrayal (Tennessee Williams), This was the most unkindest cut of all (Shakespeare), Each man kills the thing he loves (Oscar Wilde).
Antonyms, see probity.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Departure from what is legally, ethically, and morally correct: corruption, corruptness, dishonesty. Informal: crookedness. See HONEST. 2. Lack of integrity: dishonesty. See HONEST.

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  • Improbity — Im*prob i*ty, n. [L. improbitas; pref. im not + probitas probity: cf. F. improbit[ e].] Lack of probity; lack of integrity or rectitude; dishonesty. [1913 Webster] Persons . . . cast out for notorious improbity. Hooker …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • improbity — [im prō′bi tē] n. pl. improbities 〚ME improbite < L improbitas〛 lack of probity; dishonesty * * * im·pro·bi·ty (ĭm prōʹbĭ tē) n. Lack of probity; dishonesty.   [Middle English improbite, shameless persistence, from Old French, dishonesty, from… …   Universalium

  • improbity — I noun artfulness, breach of trust, corruption, craftiness, crookedness, deceit, deceitfulness, deviousness, dishonesty, disingenuity, disingenuousness, duplicity, falsehood, falseness, falsity, fraud, fraudulence, fraudulency, furtiveness, graft …   Law dictionary

  • improbity — [im prō′bi tē] n. pl. improbities [ME improbite < L improbitas] lack of probity; dishonesty …   English World dictionary

  • Improbity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Improbity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 improbity improbity Sgm: N 1 dishonesty dishonesty dishonor Sgm: N 1 deviation from rectitude deviation from rectitude Sgm: N 1 disgrace disgrace &c.(disrepute) 874 Sgm: N 1 fraud …   English dictionary for students

  • improbity — noun A lack of probity, honesty or integrity Syn: dishonesty …   Wiktionary

  • improbity — Synonyms and related words: Machiavellianism, ambidexterity, artifice, bad faith, cunning, deceitfulness, dishonesty, double dealing, doubleness, doubleness of heart, duplicity, faithlessness, falseheartedness, falseness, low cunning, treachery,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • improbity — im·pro·bi·ty || ɪm prəʊbÉ™tɪ n. wickedness, lack of integrity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • improbity — [ɪm prəʊbɪti, prɒb ] noun formal wickedness or dishonesty …   English new terms dictionary

  • improbity — n. Dishonesty, unfairness, knavery, faithlessness, bad faith, fraud, fraudulence, want of probity, lack of integrity …   New dictionary of synonyms

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