unscrupulous

[ uhn-skroo-pyuh-luhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

1803

from un- "not" + scrupulous

Synonyms

  • corrupt
  • crafty
  • crooked
  • deceitful
  • dishonest
  • illegal
  • petty
  • ruthless
  • selfish
  • shady
  • shameless
  • underhanded
  • unethical
  • venal

Antonyms

  • decent
  • ethical
  • fair
  • frank
  • good
  • honest
  • honorable
  • kind
  • lawful
  • moral
  • principles
  • right
  • trustworthy
  • truthful

Definition

having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair

Example

A) The unscrupulous shop owner claimed the collection box was for charity when he actually kept the money for himself. B) The opposing politician ran on his values against the unscrupulous incumbent.

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