- 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsreproach, opprobrium, disgrace, sully, debase, discredit, defile, obloquy, odium, abasement, ignominy, discourtesy, infamy, slight, indignity, disesteem, degradation, blame, disfavor, disrepute
Examples from the Web for dishonor
THE DISHONOR OF HONOR KILLINGS Imagine a young woman killed by her own relatives for failing to obey.Lone Star Leaders
October 24, 2014
The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent
Harvey J. Kaye
October 22, 2014
We witnessed rape, dishonor and the destruction of families.An Ex-Radical's Open Letter to ISIS Fighters: Quit Now While You Can!
September 10, 2014
I felt my death would spare my wife, daughter and myself the dishonor the rape brought upon us.Retired Marine Reveals Secret Suffering of Male Military Rape Victims
February 27, 2014
Accusations of dishonor demonize and demoralize, making it difficult to compromise, and sapping the motivation to act nobly.Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
February 28, 2013
He does not look upon it as a sin, as carrying any dishonor; he may be cheated, but he cheats no man.
In an indistinct way he felt the dishonor that was Alan Porter's being given to him.
But his private character, like his public, knew no dishonor.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I am alone—the past, nothing but remorse; the future, ruin and dishonor!'
In your 'Century of Dishonor' you showed to the country its own disgrace.Hetty's Strange History
Word Origin and History for dishonor
c.1300, from Old French deshonor (12c.); see dishonor (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper