dishonor

[dis-on-er]
noun
1.
lack or loss of honor; disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.
2.
disgrace; ignominy; shame: His arrest brought dishonor to his family.
3.
an indignity; insult: to do someone a dishonor.
4.
a cause of shame or disgrace: He is a dishonor to his family.
5.
Commerce. failure or refusal of the drawee or intended acceptor of a bill of exchange or note to accept it or, if it is accepted, to pay and retire it.
verb (used with object)
6.
to deprive of honor; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on.
7.
Commerce. to fail or refuse to honor or pay (a draft, check, etc.).
8.
to rape or seduce.
Also, especially British, dishonour.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English dishonour (noun), dishonouren (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French; see dis-1, honor

dishonorer, noun
undishonored, adjective


1, 2. See disgrace.
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dishonour or dishonor (dɪsˈɒnə)
 
vb
1.  to treat with disrespect
2.  to fail or refuse to pay (a cheque, bill of exchange, etc)
3.  to cause the disgrace of (a woman) by seduction or rape
 
n
4.  a lack of honour or respect
5.  a state of shame or disgrace
6.  a person or thing that causes a loss of honour: he was a dishonour to his family
7.  an insult; affront: we did him a dishonour by not including him
8.  refusal or failure to accept or pay a commercial paper
 
dishonor or dishonor
 
vb
 
n
 
dis'honourer or dishonor
 
n
 
dis'honorer or dishonor
 
n

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dishonor
c.1300, from dis- "the opposite of" (see dis-) + honor (v.).
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