noun \(ˌ)dis-ˈä-nər also (ˌ)diz-\

: loss or lack of honor : damage to your reputation and loss of respect from other people

Full Definition of DISHONOR

:  lack or loss of honor or reputation
:  the state of one who has lost honor or prestige :  shame <has brought dishonor on his family>
:  a cause of disgrace
:  the nonpayment or nonacceptance of commercial paper by the party on whom it is drawn
dis·hon·or·er \-ˈän-ər-ər\ noun

Examples of DISHONOR

  1. warriors who choose death before dishonor
  2. He is afraid that his confession will bring dishonor on the family.

Origin of DISHONOR

Middle English dishonour, from Anglo-French deshonur, from des- dis- + honur honor
First Known Use: 13th century



: to cause (someone or something) to lose honor : to cause (someone or something) to no longer be respected

: to fail to do what is required by (a promise, contract, etc.) : to fail to honor (something)

of a bank : to refuse to give out the money promised by (a check)

Full Definition of DISHONOR

transitive verb
a :  to treat in a degrading manner
b :  to bring shame on
:  to refuse to accept or pay (as a bill or check)

Examples of DISHONOR

  1. She dishonored her oath of office.
  2. The bank dishonored my check.

First Known Use of DISHONOR

13th century


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