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1. Loss of honor, respect, or reputation.
2. The condition of having lost honor or good repute.
3. A cause of loss of honor: was a dishonor to the club.
4. Failure to pay or refusal to accept a note, a bill, or another commercial obligation.
tr.v. dis·hon·ored, dis·hon·or·ing, dis·hon·ors
1. To bring shame or disgrace upon.
2. To treat in a disrespectful or demeaning manner.
3. To fail or refuse to accept or pay (a note, bill, or check, for example).

[Middle English dishonour, from Old French deshonor : des-, dis- + honor, honor; see honor.]

dis·hon′or·er n.


(dɪsˈɒn ər)

1. lack or loss of honor.
2. disgrace; ignominy; shame.
3. indignity; insult: to do someone a dishonor.
4. a cause of shame or disgrace.
5. to deprive of honor; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on.
6. to refuse to pay (a check, draft, etc.).
7. to rape or seduce.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French]
dis•hon′or•er, n.
syn: See disgrace.


Past participle: dishonored
Gerund: dishonoring

I dishonor
you dishonor
he/she/it dishonors
we dishonor
you dishonor
they dishonor
I dishonored
you dishonored
he/she/it dishonored
we dishonored
you dishonored
they dishonored
Present Continuous
I am dishonoring
you are dishonoring
he/she/it is dishonoring
we are dishonoring
you are dishonoring
they are dishonoring
Present Perfect
I have dishonored
you have dishonored
he/she/it has dishonored
we have dishonored
you have dishonored
they have dishonored
Past Continuous
I was dishonoring
you were dishonoring
he/she/it was dishonoring
we were dishonoring
you were dishonoring
they were dishonoring
Past Perfect
I had dishonored
you had dishonored
he/she/it had dishonored
we had dishonored
you had dishonored
they had dishonored
I will dishonor
you will dishonor
he/she/it will dishonor
we will dishonor
you will dishonor
they will dishonor
Future Perfect
I will have dishonored
you will have dishonored
he/she/it will have dishonored
we will have dishonored
you will have dishonored
they will have dishonored
Future Continuous
I will be dishonoring
you will be dishonoring
he/she/it will be dishonoring
we will be dishonoring
you will be dishonoring
they will be dishonoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dishonoring
you have been dishonoring
he/she/it has been dishonoring
we have been dishonoring
you have been dishonoring
they have been dishonoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dishonoring
you will have been dishonoring
he/she/it will have been dishonoring
we will have been dishonoring
you will have been dishonoring
they will have been dishonoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dishonoring
you had been dishonoring
he/she/it had been dishonoring
we had been dishonoring
you had been dishonoring
they had been dishonoring
I would dishonor
you would dishonor
he/she/it would dishonor
we would dishonor
you would dishonor
they would dishonor
Past Conditional
I would have dishonored
you would have dishonored
he/she/it would have dishonored
we would have dishonored
you would have dishonored
they would have dishonored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dishonor - a state of shame or disgrace; "he was resigned to a life of dishonor"
standing - social or financial or professional status or reputation; "of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
disesteem - the state in which esteem has been lost
discredit, disrepute - the state of being held in low esteem; "your actions will bring discredit to your name"; "because of the scandal the school has fallen into disrepute"
corruptness - the state of being corrupt
disgrace, ignominy, shame - a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
infamy, opprobrium - a state of extreme dishonor; "a date which will live in infamy"- F.D.Roosevelt; "the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city"
honour, laurels, honor - the state of being honored
2.dishonor - lacking honor or integrity
unrighteousness - failure to adhere to moral principles; "forgave us our sins and cleansed us of all unrighteousness"
honor, honour - the quality of being honorable and having a good name; "a man of honor"
Verb1.dishonor - bring shame or dishonor upondishonor - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
befoul, maculate, defile, foul - spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
honor, honour, reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
2.dishonor - force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
gang-rape - rape (someone) successively with several attackers; "The prisoner was gang-raped"
3.dishonor - refuse to accept; "dishonor checks and drafts"
pass up, turn down, decline, refuse, reject - refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"
honor, honour - accept as pay; "we honor checks and drafts"


To damage in reputation:
Idiom: be a reproach to.


(disˈonə) (American) dishonor noun
disgrace; shame.
dishonourable , (American) dishonorable adjectivedishonourably adverb , (American) dishonorably verb
to cause shame to. You have dishonoured your family by your actions!
disˈhonourable adjective
a dishonourable action.
disˈhonourably adverb
References in classic literature ?
Munro at length bitterly exclaimed; "he has brought dishonor to the door of one where disgrace was never before known to dwell, and shame has he heaped heavily on my gray hairs.
Paul in Corinthians, about corruption and incorruption; how that we are sown in dishonor, but raised in glory.
That a common man should be shamed before the world, is nothing; but it were dishonor to the KING if any that saw his minister naked should not also see him delivered from his shame.
But harm precedes not sin: onely our Foe Tempting affronts us with his foul esteem Of our integritie: his foul esteeme Sticks no dishonor on our Front, but turns Foul on himself; then wherfore shund or feard By us?
If a woman wishes to honor her father and mother to their own satisfaction nowadays she must dishonor herself.
Now inasmuch as we have plenty of wit, we thought it would be a good thing to parade our dear little honor, or dishonor, to catch an old boy; but that old boy, my dear heart, knows the Alpha and Omega of female tricks,--which means that you could easier put salt on a sparrow's tail than to make me believe I have anything to do with your little affair.
Never again could this man be bent to dishonor by the intensity of a desire.
What did that poor, sweet girl do that you should want to cast such dishonor on her grave?
When God sees one of his creatures persecuted unjustly, placed between suicide and dishonor, believe me, sir," replied Milady, in a tone of deep conviction, "God pardons suicide, for then suicide becomes martyrdom.
He is reduced almost to the last extremity -- nay, he is almost at the point of dishonor.
Without salve, he could not, he thought, wear the sore badge of his dishonor through life.
Yes, appearances were against me and I was about to suffer dishonor.