- 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.
- 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, dis·hon·our.
Origin of dishonor
1, 2. See disgrace.
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Examples from the Web for dishonour
Why, I shall hear next that Dishonour and Fraud are among the Institutions of the great republic!'Charles Dickens on "Stand Your Ground" Laws
March 29, 2012
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.'
For me, the next morning, I could almost have said, 'I was sown in dishonour and raised in glory.'
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
- to treat with disrespect
- to fail or refuse to pay (a cheque, bill of exchange, etc)
- to cause the disgrace of (a woman) by seduction or rape
- a lack of honour or respect
- a state of shame or disgrace
- a person or thing that causes a loss of honourhe was a dishonour to his family
- an insult; affrontwe did him a dishonour by not including him
- refusal or failure to accept or pay a commercial paper
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Word Origin and History for dishonour
c.1300, from Old French deshonor (12c.); see dishonor (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper