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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
Synonym Study
1, 2. See disgrace. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If you ask why you are to be honest—you are, in the question itself, dishonored.

  • This flag under which we serve would have been dishonored had we withheld our hand.

  • Do you not feel that I should be dishonored if I shrank from the task that is before me?

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • She had not only dishonored herself, but stabbed the man she loved.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Ten years isn't long enough to have you as a dishonored guest.

    The Thousandth Woman Ernest W. Hornung
  • I have dishonored the name you gave me to keep: I am neither Beaurepaire nor Raynal.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • So Queed knew that it was hopeless, and that the old man meant to cling to his dishonored money, and let his friend go.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The shallowest of them might ask a hearing—he dared not for his dishonored honor's sake.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
Word Origin and History for dishonored



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.).



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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