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[dis-on-er-uh-buh l] /dɪsˈɒn ər ə bəl/
showing lack of honor or integrity; ignoble; base; disgraceful; shameful:
Cheating is dishonorable.
having no honor or good repute; unprincipled; disreputable:
a dishonorable man.
Origin of dishonorable
1525-35; dis-1 + honorable
Related forms
dishonorableness, noun
dishonorably, adverb
1. shameless, false. 2. infamous, unscrupulous, disgraceful, scandalous, ignominious. Unabridged
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  • Of course, there is nothing intrinsically dishonorable in the offering of advice upon invitation.
  • There's nothing dishonorable about those jobs or the people that have them.
  • The conduct of the military investigators in particular, however, has been extremely dishonorable.
  • Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon.
  • Sentenced to three years in prison, had rank reduced to private and given dishonorable discharge.
  • Separation from active service under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
  • The veteran must have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
British Dictionary definitions for dishonorable


/dɪsˈɒnərəbəl; -ˈɒnrəbəl/
characterized by or causing dishonour or discredit
having little or no integrity; unprincipled
Derived Forms
dishonourableness, (US) dishonorableness, noun
dishonourably, (US) dishonorably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dishonorable

1530s; see dis- + honorable. Related: Dishonorably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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