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dishonor

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

Definition of dishonor

1 :lack or loss of honor or reputation
2 :the state of one who has lost honor or prestige :shame
  • has brought dishonor on his family
3 :a cause of disgrace
4 :the nonpayment or nonacceptance of commercial paper by the party on whom it is drawn

dishonorer

play \-ˈän-ər-ər\ noun

Examples of dishonor in a Sentence

  1. warriors who choose death before dishonor

  2. He is afraid that his confession will bring dishonor on the family.

Recent Examples of dishonor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dishonor

Middle English dishonour, from Anglo-French deshonur, from des- dis- + honur honor

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

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dishonor

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Definition of dishonor

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

Examples of dishonor in a Sentence

  1. She dishonored her oath of office.

  2. The bank dishonored my check.

Recent Examples of dishonor from the Web

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First Known Use of dishonor

13th century



DISHONOR Defined for English Language Learners

dishonor

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noun

Definition of dishonor for English Language Learners

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


dishonor

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Definition of dishonor for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


DISHONOR Defined for Kids

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dishonor

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noun dis·hon·or \ dis-ˈä-nər \

Definition of dishonor for Students

1 :loss of honor or good name
  • He felt retreat would bring dishonor.
2 :a cause of disgrace
  • Her failure was a family dishonor.

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dishonor

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Definition of dishonor for Students

dishonored; dishonoring
:to bring shame on :disgrace
  • He dishonored his parents.

Law Dictionary

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dishonor

noun dis·hon·or

legal Definition of dishonor

:refusal on the part of the issuer (as a bank) to pay or accept commercial paper (as a check) when it is presented — see also wrongful dishonor

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dishonor

transitive verb

legal Definition of dishonor

:to refuse to pay or accept
  • a bank dishonoring the checks for insufficient funds


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