showing lack of honor or integrity; ignoble; base; disgraceful; shameful: Cheating is dishonorable.
having no honor or good repute; unprincipled; disreputable: a dishonorable man.

Also especially British, dis·hon·our·a·ble.

Origin of dishonorable

First recorded in 1525–35; dis-1 + honorable
Related formsdis·hon·or·a·ble·ness, noundis·hon·or·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for dishonorable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dishonourable

Historical Examples of dishonourable

  • "If you think it dishonourable or dishonest—" said Beaufort, irresolutely.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It is quite as honourable, or dishonourable, which ever it may be, as any other branch of business.

  • It would be dishonourable, and he is, so far as I know, an honourable man of business.

  • If it does do dishonourable things, I prefer to know nothing about them.

  • For convention says that 'injustice is dishonourable,' but nature says that 'might is right.'



British Dictionary definitions for dishonourable


US dishonorable


characterized by or causing dishonour or discredit
having little or no integrity; unprincipled
Derived Formsdishonourableness or US dishonorableness, noundishonourably or US dishonorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dishonourable



1530s; see dis- + honorable. Related: Dishonorably.

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