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death before dishonor

[ deth bi-fawr dis-on-er ]

idiom

  1. (used to indicate that one would rather die than do something shameful or disgraceful, such as surrender.)


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Word History and Origins

Origin of death before dishonor1

First recorded in 1635–45

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Example Sentences

Death before dishonor is a phrase which at times has been abused infamously, but it none the less contains a vital truth.

No; let what will come of it, I'll never do the mane thing—death before dishonor!'

“Death Before Dishonor” is the motto on all the monuments within the prison grounds.

"Be it so; death before dishonor," replied the commander firmly.

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