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

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Hubbard went even further, accusing Stanford of being dishonorable and threatening to pull USC out of the Pac-8. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Reluctant to leave WAC, Arizona State has Arizona to thank for pushing move into Pac-8," 22 June 2019 The board that reviewed Henry’s latest appeal said the discharge was treated as dishonorable. Melanie Burney,, "World War II veteran calls it 'a miracle’: Honorable discharge from Army to correct an ‘injustice,’ nearly 75 years later," 4 June 2019 Since then, North has become something of a populist hero among Republicans who see his victimization by a dishonorable establishment as a badge of honor. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "NRA Announces Gunrunning Lawbreaker As New President," 7 May 2018 Le Pen contends that Pétain, once a celebrated war hero, need not be seen as dishonorable for having signed the 1940 armistice with Adolf Hitler. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "No publisher would touch Jean-Marie Le Pen’s memoir. Now it’s a bestseller.," 1 Mar. 2018 For one, Eugenie’s divorced parents have sparked various scandals related to infidelity, financial impropriety, and their ties to dishonorable people. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "There’s another royal wedding coming up: Princess Eugenie’s," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce dishonorable (audio) \

Kids Definition of dishonorable

: shameful dishonorable conduct

Other Words from dishonorable

dishonorably \ -​blē \ adverb

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