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dishonor

[dis-on-er]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to deprive of honor; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on.
  2. Commerce. to fail or refuse to honor or pay (a draft, check, etc.).
  3. to rape or seduce.
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Also especially British, dis·hon·our.

Origin of dishonor

1250–1300; Middle English dishonour (noun), dishonouren (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French; see dis-1, honor
Related formsdis·hon·or·er, nounun·dis·hon·ored, adjective

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1, 2. See disgrace.
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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.

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n.

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

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