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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
  • Kansas fought barbarously for the dishonourable privilege, and with temporary success: Nebraska has declined the honour as yet.

  • The act would have been dishonourable only to his own sense of right.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • I have been weak enough to sympathize with a dishonourable attachment, so far as to wish to spare you pain.

    The Doctor's Wife M. E. Braddon
  • But the end may come in an honourable or in a dishonourable way.

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • It was dishonourable, unpatriotic, and pusillanimous; but Mr. Gladstone persevered, and with what result?

  • Raleigh—I say, that Cobham is a base, dishonourable, poor soul.

  • Blood is too precious a thing in these days of dishonourable peace; and the glories of the great races are as a tale that is told.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • It is quite as honourable, or dishonourable, which ever it may be, as any other branch of business.

  • He therefore adopts a 'second legal standard of honourable and dishonourable, having a second standard of right.'

    Laws Plato
  • If it does do dishonourable things, I prefer to know nothing about them.

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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