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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
Synonym Study
1, 2. See disgrace.
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  • The company, of course, failed, which meant ruin and dishonour.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • It sounds like an invitation to dishonour myself in the eyes of my ancestors.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • For me, the next morning, I could almost have said, 'I was sown in dishonour and raised in glory.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Perhaps, if the dishonour had been done to her, but it was done long before her day.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • What do you suppose must have been my feelings, after this rejection, at the thought of my own dishonour?

    Symposium Plato
  • Why, then, does any dishonour attach to a beneficent occupation?

    Laws Plato
  • Not a man had he protected from injustice; not a woman had he saved from dishonour.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • There was a momentary sense of dishonour, almost of outrage.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The dishonour lay at its door of being the wickedest city in the world.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for dishonour

dishonour

/dɪsˈɒnə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to treat with disrespect
2.
to fail or refuse to pay (a cheque, bill of exchange, etc)
3.
to cause the disgrace of (a woman) by seduction or rape
noun
4.
a lack of honour or respect
5.
a state of shame or disgrace
6.
a person or thing that causes a loss of honour: he was a dishonour to his family
7.
an insult; affront: we did him a dishonour by not including him
8.
refusal or failure to accept or pay a commercial paper
Derived Forms
dishonourer, (US) dishonorer, noun
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Word Origin and History for dishonour

chiefly British English spelling of dishonor; also see -or. Related: Dishonoured; dishonouring; dishonourable; dishonourably.

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.

dishonor

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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