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  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.
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.
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

Synonym study

1, 2. See disgrace. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for dishonored

Contemporary Examples of dishonored

Historical Examples of dishonored

  • Mortimer felt like one dead, indeed as a dishonored man he were better dead.


    W. A. Fraser

  • You have dishonored and disgraced me; I am ashamed to look my neighbors in the face.

  • If I thought anything else, Fagan, should be dishonored in making this request of you.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • Are you satisfied to fill the dishonored grave of a criminal?

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • They had dishonored their fathers and mothers, and wives and sweethearts.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

Word Origin and History for dishonored



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.



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

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