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dishonor

[dis-on-er] /dɪsˈɒn ər/
noun
1.
lack or loss of honor; disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.
2.
disgrace; ignominy; shame:
His arrest brought dishonor to his family.
3.
an indignity; insult:
to do someone a dishonor.
4.
a cause of shame or disgrace:
He is a dishonor to his family.
5.
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)
6.
to deprive of honor; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on.
7.
Commerce. to fail or refuse to honor or pay (a draft, check, etc.).
8.
to rape or seduce.
Also, especially British, dishonour.
Origin of dishonor
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English dishonour (noun), dishonouren (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French; see dis-1, honor
Related forms
dishonorer, noun
undishonored, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See disgrace.
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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

dishonor

v.

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.

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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