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noun dis·hon·or \(ˌ)dis-ˈä-nər also (ˌ)diz-\

Simple Definition of dishonor

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

Full Definition of dishonor

  1. 1 :  lack or loss of honor or reputation

  2. 2 :  the state of one who has lost honor or prestige :  shame <has brought dishonor on his family>

  3. 3 :  a cause of disgrace

  4. 4 :  the nonpayment or nonacceptance of commercial paper by the party on whom it is drawn

dis·hon·or·er play \-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

Synonym Discussion of dishonor

disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, infamy, ignominy mean the state or condition of suffering loss of esteem and of enduring reproach. disgrace often implies humiliation and sometimes ostracism <sent home in disgrace>. dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem <preferred death to life with dishonor>. disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation <a once proud name fallen into disrepute>. infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame <a day that lives in infamy>. ignominy stresses humiliation <the ignominy of being arrested>.



verb dis·hon·or

Simple Definition of dishonor

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to treat in a degrading manner b :  to bring shame on

  3. 2 :  to refuse to accept or pay (as a bill or check)

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February 11, 2016

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