dis·​hon·​or·​able | \(ˌ)dis-ˈä-nə-rə-bəl, -ˈä-nər-bəl\

Definition of dishonorable 

1 : lacking honor : shameful dishonorable conduct

2 archaic : not honored

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Other Words from dishonorable

dishonorableness noun
dishonorably \ -​blē \ adverb

Examples of dishonorable in a Sentence

His dishonorable behavior has shamed the family. resorted to dishonorable tactics in order to win first place in the science fair

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People who have been committed to mental health institutions, discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions or convicted of domestic violence offenses are prohibited from buying firearms under federal law. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Children of couple killed in Texas church massacre file claim against U.S. government," 7 Mar. 2018 Peter Brant has proven to be an exploitive and dishonorable businessman who considers himself above the law, with his stewardship of Interview magazine the most recent example. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Great Interview Magazine Caper," 16 June 2018 Putnam has repeatedly said NICS checks are used for non-criminal disqualifying histories, like a mental health issue, a dishonorable discharge from the military or a drug addiction. Steve Contorno, miamiherald, "New information shows deeper problems with bungled concealed-weapon background checks," 6 July 2018 For an inside group to enjoy the privilege of being honorable, there must be an outside group who are considered dishonorable: Men have honor at the expense of women, aristocrats at the expense of commoners, warriors at the expense of civilians. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Does Honor Matter?," 3 June 2018 Burial benefits are available to all members of the armed forces who have met minimum active duty requirements and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Wesley E. Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Burial benefits for veterans explained," 18 May 2018 While prosecutors sought a dishonorable discharge and 14 years in prison, the judge instead did not include any prison time in his sentence. Anchorage Daily News, "Fort Bragg general approves sentence for Bowe Bergdahl," 6 June 2018 The 29-year-old had faced up to 10 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to Stars and Stripes. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Army soldier found guilty of cutting straps, sending Humvees plummeting from plane during training exercise," 10 May 2018 The Trojans were not among the 68 teams selected to compete in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, a dishonorable decision that flipped the tournament's signature song on its head. Bill Plaschke,, "USC is left dumbfounded after larceny by NCAA," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dishonorable

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dishonorable

: not deserving honor or respect : not morally or socially acceptable


dis·​hon·​or·​able | \dis-ˈä-nə-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of dishonorable

: shameful dishonorable conduct

Other Words from dishonorable

dishonorably \ -​blē \ adverb

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obstinately defiant of authority

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