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