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dishonor

or (especially British) dishonour

[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.
Origin of dishonor
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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  • If she lose these opportunities, who can look for other but dishonour and destruction?

  • The company, of course, failed, which meant ruin and dishonour.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Matara said, 'When we find them we shall kill her first to cleanse the dishonour—then the man must die.'

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • For me, the next morning, I could almost have said, 'I was sown in dishonour and raised in glory.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • They were mortified by the dishonour which had been inflicted on British arms and British reputation.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Perhaps, if the dishonour had been done to her, but it was done long before her day.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The deathless loyalty and unbounded pride of the Glen folk rebuked him, without their knowing, for the dishonour he had done them.

    Corporal Cameron Ralph Connor
  • There was a momentary sense of dishonour, almost of outrage.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He forgets those friends whom his own cruelty has betrayed to death and dishonour.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
British Dictionary definitions for dishonour

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 dishonour

chiefly British English spelling of dishonor; also see -or. Related: Dishonoured; dishonouring; dishonourable; dishonourably.

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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