dis·​hon·​or·​able (ˌ)dis-ˈä-nə-rə-bəl How to pronounce dishonorable (audio)
: lacking honor : shameful
dishonorable conduct
archaic : not honored
dishonorableness noun
(ˌ)dis-ˈä-nə-rə-blē How to pronounce dishonorable (audio)

Examples of dishonorable in a Sentence

His dishonorable behavior has shamed the family. resorted to dishonorable tactics in order to win the game
Recent Examples on the Web Exploring America’s dishonorable past causes Scorsese to confuse his knowledge of genre. Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2023 To Kazan’s behavior Miller contrasted that of saintly, seventy-one-year-old Rebecca Nurse, the Salem great-grandmother who in 1692, on trial for her life, held her ground, refusing to utter the lie that dishonorable men demanded of her. Stacy Schiff, The New York Review of Books, 22 Dec. 2022 The dishonorable conduct spelled out in black and white in the cache of legal filings would get most journalists fired at actual news organizations and constitute scandals that would permanently run them out of the news business — maybe even other industries as well. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 22 Aug. 2023 Not doing so is dishonorable and suggests that both the victim and thief lack integrity. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 That type of discharge — which is not dishonorable — would not set off red flags or require any reports to law enforcement. Allana Durkin Richer, Michael Kunzelman and Lindsay Whitehurst, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2023 Anyone who purchases a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer is vetted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which screens for disqualifications such as felony convictions, involuntary commitment to a mental health facility or dishonorable military discharge. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 Anything less would be dishonorable. Lindsey Graham and Jack Keane, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 Daemon is a dishonorable cutthroat. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dishonorable was in 1534

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“Dishonorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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dis·​hon·​or·​able -ˈän-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce dishonorable (audio)
: not honorable : shameful
dishonorable conduct
dishonorably adverb

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