verb (used with object)

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. 2019

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper