dishonor

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

Definition of dishonor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

dishonor

verb

Definition of dishonor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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)

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Other Words from dishonor

Noun

dishonorer \ -​ˈän-​ər-​ər \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of dishonor in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She dishonored her oath of office. The bank dishonored my check.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other black lawmakers chose to skip the address to avoid having to hear the president dishonor Americans who are black. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump took a jab at NFL players protesting racism while honoring 12-year-old boy," 31 Jan. 2018 These allegations bring unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment to Akron Fire Department and the City of Akron and unfairly discredit the reputation of other Akron Fire officers. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Ohio firefighters suspended 'for making pornographic videos in fire house', officials say," 19 June 2018 These distressing allegations bring unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment to our department and the city of Akron and unfairly discredit the reputation of other Akron firefighters. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Firefighters accused of making pornography at Akron, Ohio, fire station," 19 June 2018 For the most part, the article seemed to treat the Gevers-Breitman quarrel as a case of dishonor among thieves. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 In movies about hustlers and confidence games, there is usually the scent of underlying treachery, the possibility of dishonor among thieves. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Ocean's 8': Sandra Bullock-led reboot with stiletto heels," 6 June 2018 Some of this comes through in the three women themselves, and in particular Marziyeh’s apoplectic brother, who is beside himself with the dishonor that his sister has brought upon the family for wanting to become an actress. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a plea against complacency," 18 May 2018 That badge of dishonor, of course, belongs to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a gunman mowed down 17 students and teachers on Valentine’s Day. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Waffle House tragedy shows us how to curb mass killings. Will anyone listen? | Will Bunch," 24 Apr. 2018 Divine dishonor Up on the mountaintop, the ruler of the gods, Wotan (Mark Delavan), is no great shakes as a hero, either. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "‘Das Rheingold’ review: Arizona Opera gives Wagner an epic update," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That may sound like a gauche question, dishonoring the dead. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss," 21 June 2018 With the exception of a few Governors like Baker, Hogan and Kasich it is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A prominent GOP strategist has left the Republican Party over family separations at the border," 20 June 2018 There is nothing in his history or character that suggests the six-time major champion would do something to intentionally dishonor the game. Gary D'amato, USA TODAY, "Give Phil Mickelson the benefit of the doubt; he's no cheater," 16 June 2018 One order of business is a draft resolution cosigned by dozens of Southern Baptist Church (SBC) leaders calling on the largest Protestant denomination in the United States to repudiate any rhetoric or behavior that dishonors women. Ryan Tarinelli And David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, "Southern Baptists reckon with gender equity after #MeToo cases," 12 June 2018 This is key, Corvasce said, because there’s a tendency for family and friends to seize control over end-of-life plans, which can dishonor the deceased. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Preparing for a loved one's death: Steps you can take to ease the pain," 16 Apr. 2018 There is no room among us for those who dishonor themselves and violate the public trust. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas youth prison guards allegedly choked teen unconscious," 3 Feb. 2018 There is no room among us for those who dishonor themselves and violate the public trust. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas youth prison guards allegedly choked teen unconscious," 3 Feb. 2018 The movie’s Muslims, on the other hand, eat dirty, fight dirty and follow the lead of a marauding brute who dishonors his own wife. Rachel Saltz, New York Times, "Review: ‘Padmaavat’ and All That Useless Beauty," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dishonor

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dishonor

Noun

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

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dishonor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dishonor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

dishonor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dishonor (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
dis·​hon·​or | \dis-ˈä-nər \

Kids Definition of dishonor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : loss of honor or good name He felt retreat would bring dishonor.

2 : a cause of disgrace Her failure was a family dishonor.

dishonor

verb
dishonored; dishonoring

Kids Definition of dishonor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring shame on : disgrace He dishonored his parents.

dishonor

noun
dis·​hon·​or

Legal Definition of dishonor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

dishonor

transitive verb

Legal Definition of dishonor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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