dis·​hon·​or·​able | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈä-nə-rə-bəl How to pronounce dishonorable (audio) , -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 \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈä-​nə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce dishonorable (audio) , -​ˈä-​nər-​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
Recent Examples on the Web DeDolph faces a maximum sentence of 22 1/2 years in prison, losing rank and dishonorable discharge. CBS News, "Navy SEAL pleads guilty to manslaughter in "tape job" hazing death of Green Beret," 15 Jan. 2021 So, here are Hinton’s favorite picks, plus some dishonorable mentions. Danny Hinton, Outdoor Life, "The 10 Best Stories of 2020, as Chosen by Our Loud-Mouthed Hunting Buddy," 29 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, Anthony finds them, punches Simon in the face, and demands that Simon marry Daphne since to do anything else would be dishonorable. Lia Beck,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Bridgerton Season 1," 28 Dec. 2020 There are more than a few contenders for the dishonorable crown of the nation most hostile to freedom of conscience. Doug Bandow, National Review, "Are You Committing Blasphemy?," 20 Dec. 2020 The Oregon Medical Board stripped Farley of his state medical license on Oct. 2 for dishonorable and unprofessional conduct and gross or repeated negligence. oregonlive, "Lawsuit filed by 29 women can proceed against former West Linn doctor while criminal investigation continues, judge rules," 16 Dec. 2020 Lopez also gave both men a dishonorable discharge from their law enforcement positions, Caldwell said. Emilie Eaton,, "Two San Antonio Fire Department officials made inappropriate comments about women. Several employees say it’s an example of bigger problems.," 24 Nov. 2020 When a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman is discharged from the military, the service is characterized as honorable, general under honorable conditions, other-than-honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable. John Ismay, New York Times, "Army Agrees to Review Thousands of Unfavorable Discharges for Veterans," 19 Nov. 2020 Service members can face a maximum penalty of dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and confinement for a year. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, "Army confirms investigation of NC Senate hopeful Cunningham," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dishonorable

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2021

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“Dishonorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce dishonorable (audio) \

Kids Definition of dishonorable

: shameful dishonorable conduct

Other Words from dishonorable

dishonorably \ -​blē \ adverb

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