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People who are considered dishonest or insincere - thesaurus

Synonyms

liar

noun

someone who tells lies

cheat

noun

someone who cheats

hypocrite

noun

a person who claims to have certain moral principles or beliefs but behaves in a way that shows they are not sincere

fraud

noun

someone who pretends to be an official or professional person in order to trick people

crook

noun

informal someone who is dishonest, especially someone who uses their position of power for their own personal advantage

wheeler-dealer

noun

informal someone who uses clever or slightly dishonest methods to get advantages from a lot of situations at the same time, especially in business or politics

conman

noun

a man who tricks other people, especially in order to get their money

politician

noun

someone who is good at using people or situations to their own advantage

the lowest of the low

informal someone who behaves in a very dishonest or immoral way

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adventurer

noun

someone who uses slightly dishonest methods to become rich or achieve high social status

a fast talker

someone who talks very quickly in order to trick you or persuade you to buy something

bottom feeder

noun

mainly Americaninformal someone who earns money by doing things that most people do not like or by taking advantage of other people’s problems

catfish

noun

someone who tricks another person into having an online relationship by adopting a fake identity

charlatan

noun

someone who cheats people by claiming to have special knowledge or abilities

charmer

noun

someone who is good at making people like them, especially in order to gain an advantage

con artist

noun

informal someone who lies in order to make people give him money

con woman

noun

informal a woman who tricks other people, especially in order to get their money

fake

noun

someone who pretends to have skills that they do not really have

fiddler

noun

informal someone who uses a dishonest method of getting money or other benefits

fixer

noun

someone who uses illegal or dishonest methods to arrange matters and get the results they want

flatterer

noun

someone who praises another person in order to get what they want

fox

noun

someone who is clever at tricking people

grifter

noun

mainly Americaninformal someone who tricks people into giving them their money or possessions

huckster

noun

American someone who sells things dishonestly or illegally

humbug

noun

someone whose talk or behaviour is not sincere

hustler

noun

informalmainly American someone who obtains money dishonestly or by having sex

impostor

noun

someone who pretends to be someone else, in order to trick people

knave

noun

an old word for a ‘dishonest man’

manipulator

noun

someone who influences people in a clever or dishonest way

operator

noun

someone who is very good at getting what they want, sometimes by tricking other people

pharisee

noun

someone who pretends to be very religious or moral, but is not

pseud

noun

Britishinformalshowing disapproval someone who tries to impress people by pretending to know a lot about culture

rascal

noun

old-fashioned a dishonest man

rogue

noun

old-fashioned someone who is dishonest

scammer

noun

someone who tries to cheat people, especially by tricking them into paying for non-existent goods or services

scoundrel

noun

old-fashioned a man who behaves in an unfair or dishonest way

sham

noun

someone who tricks people by claiming they are something that they are not

shark

noun

informal someone who gets money by cheating people

shyster

noun

mainly Americaninformal a dishonest businessman, lawyer, or politician

sleazebag

noun

offensive someone who you think is dishonest or immoral

smoothie

noun

informal an attractive, relaxed, and confident man who is good at persuading people, especially women, to do what he wants. This word shows that you do not trust people like this.

smoothy

another spelling of smoothie

sycophant

noun

formal an insulting word for someone who praises rich or powerful people in order to gain an advantage

trickster

noun

someone who uses dishonest methods to get what they want

varlet

noun

an old word meaning a ‘dishonest man’

viper

noun

literary someone who harms other people and cannot be trusted

weasel

noun

informal an insulting word for a dishonest person

wide boy

noun

Britishinformal a man who makes money dishonestly

worm

noun

informal an insulting word for someone who is weak or dishonest

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