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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. 2018.
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  • Mortimer felt like one dead, indeed as a dishonored man he were better dead.

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  • You have dishonored and disgraced me; I am ashamed to look my neighbors in the face.

  • If I thought anything else, Fagan, should be dishonored in making this request of you.

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  • Are you satisfied to fill the dishonored grave of a criminal?

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  • They had dishonored their fathers and mothers, and wives and sweethearts.

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  • Have I not proclaimed her, from one end of Europe to the other, dishonored?

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  • I avoided the gibbet which, however, should not have dishonored me as I should only have been hung.

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  • The flag of their country was trailed in the dust, and dishonored in the sight of the nations.

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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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