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 dishonorably (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 The action of the Trump — the actions of the Trump presidency revealed a dishonorable fact of the President's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. NBC News, "Transcript: Nancy Pelosi's public and private remarks on Trump impeachment," 24 Sep. 2019 Needham Mayes, who had successfully appealed to the Army to reverse his 1956 dishonorable discharge, allowing him to be buried in a veterans’ cemetery with military honors. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 Sixty-three years after leaving the Army, Mr. Mayes’s discharge was upgraded from dishonorable to honorable. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "A Black Paratrooper’s First Veterans Day, and His Last," 12 Nov. 2019 Under military law, involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge. Washington Post, "Soldier to face court-martial in fatal crash at West Point," 11 Dec. 2019 He was reduced in rank from sergeant to private, sentenced to 10 years confinement, and received a dishonorable discharge, the Army said. CBS News, "Ex-Army medic pleads guilty in wife's love triangle murder," 24 Sep. 2019 If convicted, Tucker could face a possible life sentence and dishonorable discharge, the Coast Guard said in a statement in August. Katie Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, "Three young Coast Guardsmen went out for a drink on a chilly morning in Dutch Harbor. One never returned.," 22 Nov. 2019 More important, cutting loose the Kurds who had recently sacrificed so much to be our front-line fighters in the successful campaign against the ISIS caliphate was dishonorable. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 24 Oct. 2019 The lies, coverups, shaking down foreign countries & undermining our democracy will be recorded as one of the worst periods in the history of our country, all led by a dishonorable con man. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Maxine Waters Says Trump Should Be Imprisoned And Placed In Solitary Confinement," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dishonorable

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jan 2020

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“Dishonorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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