Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Loss of honor, respect, or reputation.
  • n. The condition of having lost honor or good repute.
  • n. A cause of loss of honor: was a dishonor to the club.
  • n. Failure to pay or refusal to accept a note, a bill, or another commercial obligation.
  • transitive v. To bring shame or disgrace upon.
  • transitive v. To treat in a disrespectful or demeaning manner.
  • transitive v. To fail or refuse to accept or pay (a note, bill, or check, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of dishonour.
  • v. Alternative form of dishonour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of honor; disgrace; ignominy; shame; reproach.
  • n. The nonpayment or nonacceptance of commercial paper by the party on whom it is drawn.
  • transitive v. To deprive of honor; to disgrace; to bring reproach or shame on; to treat with indignity, or as unworthy in the sight of others; to stain the character of; to lessen the reputation of.
  • transitive v. To violate the chastity of; to debauch.
  • transitive v. To refuse or decline to accept or pay; -- said of a bill, check, note, or draft which is due or presented.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of honor; violate the honor or dignity of; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on; stain the character of; lessen in reputation.
  • To treat with indignity.
  • To violate the chastity of; ravish; seduce.
  • In com., to refuse to honor; refuse or fail to accept or pay: as, to dishonor a bill of exchange. A bill or note is also said to he dishonored when overdue and unpaid, although there may have been no actual demand or refusal to pay.
  • To disgrace by the deprivation of, or as of, ornament.
  • Synonyms To shame, degrade, discredit.
  • To insult.
  • n. Want of honor; dishonorable character or conduct.
  • n. The state of being disgraced, or considered dishonorable; disgrace; shame; reproach.
  • n. Disgrace inflicted; violation of one's honor or dignity.
  • n. In com., failure or refusal of the drawee or acceptor of a bill of exchange or note to accept it, or, if it is accepted, to pay and retire it. See dishonor, transitive verb, 4.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring shame or dishonor upon
  • v. force (someone) to have sex against their will
  • n. lacking honor or integrity
  • v. refuse to accept
  • n. a state of shame or disgrace

Etymologies

Middle English dishonour, from Old French deshonor : des-, dis- + honor, honor; see honor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Then Al Trautwig, commentating on the Tour de France, said "The greatest dishonor is to literally have the maillot jaune ripped from your body, which is what happened to Michael Rasmussen yesterday."

    When good kids show bad judgment

  • "Never yet has the word dishonor been breathed with my name, but I should count myself faineant if I did not fight beside my comrades when chance has made it right and proper that I should do so."

    Sir Nigel

  • Spurred on by the word dishonor, he had started instantly, without awaiting his leave of absence, risking his place and his future prospects; and, hurrying from steamships to railways, he had not stopped until he reached Paris.

    Fromont and Risler — Complete

  • Therefore, by definition, “dishonored memories” is a variable cost, as the idea of dishonor and memory would change according to the course of action.

    More Sunk-Cost Thinking on Iraq War - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • His service to Congress is tainted by this revelation, and as such his dishonor should be absolute in the adminstration of punishment!

    Think Progress » Accountability, Congress-style:

  • If you insist on dying in dishonor, that is your own affair.

    Into the Labyrinth

  • "Did any thought of me make you bring Martha Ensley to Nickols 'death bed and take into your heart and home what the world calls dishonor?"

    The Heart's Kingdom

  • I felt my health and strength decline; and such was the horror with which my mind was filled, at the idea of dishonor to my memory in the work most worthy of myself, that I am surprised so many extravagant ideas did not occasion a speedy end to my existence.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • "Messieurs, it is surely better to die hungry and naked and without arms for the Emperor than to consent to his dishonor, which is the dishonor of France," suddenly burst forth the young man at the door.

    The Eagle of the Empire A Story of Waterloo

  • "Better for a brave people so to perish," replied Wallace, "than to exist in dishonor."

    The Scottish Chiefs

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