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[dis-on-er-uh-buh l] /dɪsˈɒn ər ə bəl/
showing lack of honor or integrity; ignoble; base; disgraceful; shameful:
Cheating is dishonorable.
having no honor or good repute; unprincipled; disreputable:
a dishonorable man.
Also, especially British, dishonourable.
Origin of dishonorable
First recorded in 1525-35; dis-1 + honorable
Related forms
dishonorableness, noun
dishonorably, adverb
1. shameless, false. 2. infamous, unscrupulous, disgraceful, scandalous, ignominious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dishonourable
Historical Examples
  • "If you think it dishonourable or dishonest—" said Beaufort, irresolutely.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is quite as honourable, or dishonourable, which ever it may be, as any other branch of business.

  • It would be dishonourable, and he is, so far as I know, an honourable man of business.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • If it does do dishonourable things, I prefer to know nothing about them.

  • For convention says that 'injustice is dishonourable,' but nature says that 'might is right.'

    Gorgias Plato
  • Her situation might be false, it might be dishonourable, but there was no escape from it.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "So much for that dishonourable blade," he said, and cast the pieces from him.

  • That's very serious and dishonourable to the power of Spain.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • But she was strangely glad that her mother had said “not dishonourable, as men look at it.”

    Adam Johnstone's Son

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Harrison is incapable of committing a mean or dishonourable action.

British Dictionary definitions for dishonourable


/dɪsˈɒnərəbəl; -ˈɒnrəbəl/
characterized by or causing dishonour or discredit
having little or no integrity; unprincipled
Derived Forms
dishonourableness, (US) dishonorableness, noun
dishonourably, (US) dishonorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dishonourable



1530s; see dis- + honorable. Related: Dishonorably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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