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dishonor

[dis-on-er] /dɪsˈɒn ər/
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
1250-1300; Middle English dishonour (noun), dishonouren (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French; see dis-1, honor
Related forms
dishonorer, noun
undishonored, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See disgrace.
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British Dictionary definitions for dishonor

dishonour

/dɪsˈɒnə/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
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
Derived Forms
dishonourer, (US) dishonorer, noun
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Word Origin and History for dishonor
v.

mid-13c., from Old French deshonorer (12c.), from Late Latin dishonorare (reformed from classical Latin dehonestare), from dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + honorare (see honor). Related: Dishonored; dishonoring.

n.

c.1300, from Old French deshonor (12c.); see dishonor (v.).

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