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

  • adj. Characterized by or causing dishonor or discredit.
  • adj. Lacking integrity; unprincipled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without honor, or causing dishonor
  • adj. Lacking respect or ethical principles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanting in honor; not honorable; bringing or deserving dishonor; staining the character, and lessening the reputation; shameful; disgraceful; base.
  • adj. Wanting in honor or esteem; disesteemed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Showing lack of honor; base; bringing or meriting shame or reproach; staining character and lessening reputation: as, a dishonorable act.
  • Destitute of honor; characterized by want of honor or good repute: as, a dishonorable man.
  • In a state of neglect or disesteem.
  • Synonyms and Disreputable, discreditable, disgraceful, ignominious, in famous.

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

  • adj. lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
  • adj. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive


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  • "Not quite yet, sir" -- Harry jumped before the door; "you give me the alternative of being what I call dishonorable or losing the woman I love!"

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  • What makes that egregious and selfish act more serious than just disgustingly dishonorable is that those fake awards are used to justify and back up applications for employment or appointment, for winning political office, and even claims for veteran's benefits - including government medical treatment for post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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  • She seems to think becoming vicious and dishonorable, is taking the heat .... when they are the tactics of someone who has nothing else in their personal arsenal.

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  • An issue of this importance to the nation deserves full public hearings, full debate on the floor of the Senate, not an attachment that I described as dishonorable to Iraq war funding bill.

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  • The union, which the law forbids, goes on without its sanction in dishonorable alliances.

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  • But tonight in light of the attacks by David Brooks on NPR (he called her dishonorable, parroting Newt Gingrich), I need to repeat something.


  • Obama knows that the word dishonorable is used in the military to get rid of bad soldiers.


  • Generations of men and suffered, fought, and died to win the constitutional rights you so easily throw away in what can only be described as dishonorable cowardice.

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  • COOPER: James, is it odd to you that he's now using this guy who -- tactics he once called dishonorable?

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  • COOPER: James, is it odd to you that he's now using this guy whose tactics he once called dishonorable?

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