/ dɪsˈɒnə /


  1. to treat with disrespect
  2. to fail or refuse to pay (a cheque, bill of exchange, etc)
  3. to cause the disgrace of (a woman) by seduction or rape


  1. a lack of honour or respect
  2. a state of shame or disgrace
  3. a person or thing that causes a loss of honour

    he was a dishonour to his family

  4. an insult; affront

    we did him a dishonour by not including him

  5. refusal or failure to accept or pay a commercial paper

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Derived Forms

  • disˈhonourer, noun

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Example Sentences

Why, I shall hear next that Dishonour and Fraud are among the Institutions of the great republic!'

Uriah said it would dishonour him to seek ease and pleasure at home while other soldiers were enduring hardship at the front.

It shall be recounted, to the perpetual infamy and dishonour of the man who uttered it.

Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump, to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

You have done all you can to cover me and yourself with dishonour, and to bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.

All unworthy is it to take up great issues and afterwards to lay them down again with dishonour.





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