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[dis-on-er] /dɪsˈɒn ər/
lack or loss of honor; disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.
disgrace; ignominy; shame:
His arrest brought dishonor to his family.
an indignity; insult:
to do someone a dishonor.
a cause of shame or disgrace:
He is a dishonor to his family.
Commerce. failure or refusal of the drawee or intended acceptor of a bill of exchange or note to accept it or, if it is accepted, to pay and retire it.
verb (used with object)
to deprive of honor; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on.
Commerce. to fail or refuse to honor or pay (a draft, check, etc.).
to rape or seduce.
Also, especially British, dishonour.
Origin of dishonor
1250-1300; Middle English dishonour (noun), dishonouren (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French; see dis-1, honor
Related forms
dishonorer, noun
undishonored, adjective
1, 2. See disgrace. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • His life is in his own hands, put there by you, and he must make it into a vessel of honor or dishonor.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • He said that it is only a passing emotion, "an apprehension of dishonor."

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Eet is not now—the last of the race—who shall confess that he haf sit at a board of disgrace and dishonor!'

  • I beseech you let not the truth of my dishonor be known abroad.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • But his private character, like his public, knew no dishonor.

Word Origin and History for dishonor

mid-13c., from Old French deshonorer (12c.), from Late Latin dishonorare (reformed from classical Latin dehonestare), from dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + honorare (see honor). Related: Dishonored; dishonoring.


c.1300, from Old French deshonor (12c.); see dishonor (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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