• WordNet 3.6
    • v dishonor refuse to accept "dishonor checks and drafts"
    • v dishonor bring shame or dishonor upon "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
    • v dishonor force (someone) to have sex against their will "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    • n dishonor lacking honor or integrity
    • n dishonor a state of shame or disgrace "he was resigned to a life of dishonor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dishonor Lack of honor; disgrace; ignominy; shame; reproach. "It was not meet for us to see the king's dishonor .""His honor rooted in dishonor stood."
    • Dishonor (Law) The nonpayment or nonacceptance of commercial paper by the party on whom it is drawn.
    • Dishonor To deprive of honor; to disgrace; to bring reproach or shame on; to treat with indignity, or as unworthy in the sight of others; to stain the character of; to lessen the reputation of; as, the duelist dishonors himself to maintain his honor. "Nothing . . . that may dishonor Our law, or stain my vow of Nazarite."
    • Dishonor To refuse or decline to accept or pay; -- said of a bill, check, note, or draft which is due or presented; as, to dishonor a bill exchange.
    • Dishonor To violate the chastity of; to debauch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dishonor Want of honor; dishonorable character or conduct.
    • n dishonor The state of being disgraced, or considered dishonorable; disgrace; shame; reproach.
    • n dishonor Disgrace inflicted; violation of one's honor or dignity.
    • n dishonor In com., failure or refusal of the drawee or acceptor of a bill of exchange or note to accept it, or, if it is accepted, to pay and retire it. See dishonor, transitive verb, 4. Synonyms Dishonor, Disfavor, etc. See odium. and list under disgrace.
    • dishonor To deprive of honor; violate the honor or dignity of; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on; stain the character of; lessen in reputation.
    • dishonor To treat with indignity.
    • dishonor To violate the chastity of; ravish; seduce.
    • dishonor In com., to refuse to honor; refuse or fail to accept or pay: as, to dishonor a bill of exchange. A bill or note is also said to he dishonored when overdue and unpaid, although there may have been no actual demand or refusal to pay.
    • dishonor To disgrace by the deprivation of, or as of, ornament.
    • dishonor Synonyms To shame, degrade, discredit.
    • dishonor To insult.
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  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “For one who has been honored, dishonor is worse than death.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “A person dishonored is worst than dead.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “No labor, however humble, is dishonoring.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deshonour, dishonour, OF. deshonor, deshonur, F. déshonneur,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + honor, honur, F. honneur, fr. L. honor,. See Honor


In literature:

This woman loves me, loves me even though that love be what men call dishonor.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
You swear ever to prefer death to dishonor for it?
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
But I cannot withhold it, even though it has gone down, tainted and dishonored.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
He loses his fortune, is wounded and suspected of dishonor, and from regard for Minna strives to break the engagement.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
It may be denied, I may be a vessell ordained to dishonor.
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
But he preferred death to dishonor.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Debts do not dishonor a nobleman.
"Luna Benamor" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Can they be friends of the two miserable wretches who dishonored my house with a ghastly crime?
"The Forsaken Inn" by Anna Katharine Green
I hope I'll never do anything underhanded or dishonorable again.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
After bringing her father to such shame and dishonor, would Charlotte ever consent to be his wife?
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

Not once on post, on march, in camp, or field,
Was your brave leader's trust in you betrayed,
And never yet has old Virginia's shield
Suffered dishonor through Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope
Those women! Say the glare, the identical dismay
Of ugliness and evil, always, in all lands,
And say Love, too,—and Politics, moreover, say,
With ink-dishonored blood upon their shameless hands.
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine
To the breeze then your banner dishonored unfold,
And, at once, let the tocsin be sounded afar;
We greet you, as greeted the Swiss, Charles the Bold--
With a farewell to peace and a welcome to war!
"Coercion: A Poem For Then And Now" by John Reuben Thompson
Dishonored by the higher, but loved by all the low,—
Say, is it not the pathway that the new has to go?
By those who ought to guard it betrayed, oh yes, betrayed,—
Say, is it not thus truth ever progress has made?
"Rallying Song For Freedom In The North To "The United Left"" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Ignoble hate, defeating its own ends!
The act that meant dishonor, working glory!
Could any mausoleum built by hands
Lift his sweet memory nearer to the heavens,
Or give it such a precious consecration
In every heart which love has purified?
"Lines" by Epes Sargent
"They had taken the battery," so read the dispatch —
One moment of victory, then to retreat
From the backs of the foe they were ready to catch —
O! fool of a leader — dishonored — to cheat
Those brave men by making their triumph defeat.
"The Zouaves At Bethel" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Dishonored is a big-budget experience in every sense.
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Watch the first part of the animated web trilogy 'Tales from Dunwall' a prequel to Bethesda's upcoming assassin game ' Dishonored .
' Dishonored ' Big Winner at Gamescom Awards.
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Two Souls, Dishonored , Watch Dogs.
Ex-Chili Peppers Guitarist Feels ' Dishonored ' By Rock Hall 'Snub'.
In " Dishonored " for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, you play a guard accused of murder who turns into an assassin trying to clear your name and rid the world of evil.
Twenty-three years later, the "jewel" is ruined, dishonored, disgraced.
The moralistic Steampunk of "Dishonored" feels like a creepy vacation to a weird place.
"Dishonored," an action video game from Austin-based Arkane Studios, was a huge hit this year.
"Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill and would be dishonorable to abandon," Bush said.
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
Pinning Nazi atrocities on Poland dishonors a loyal friend.
It was a campaign in 1972 dishonored by Watergate, a scandal that fully unfurled too late to knock Republican President Richard M Nixon from his place as a commanding favorite for re-election.