• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dishonorable deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
    • adj dishonorable lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor "dishonorable in thought and deed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dishonorable Wanting in honor or esteem; disesteemed. "He that is dishonorable in riches, how much more in poverty!""To find ourselves dishonorable graves."
    • Dishonorable Wanting in honor; not honorable; bringing or deserving dishonor; staining the character, and lessening the reputation; shameful; disgraceful; base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dishonorable Showing lack of honor; base; bringing or meriting shame or reproach; staining character and lessening reputation: as, a dishonorable act.
    • dishonorable Destitute of honor; characterized by want of honor or good repute: as, a dishonorable man.
    • dishonorable In a state of neglect or disesteem.
    • dishonorable Synonyms and Disreputable, discreditable, disgraceful, ignominious, in famous.
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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
Cf. F. déshonorable,


In literature:

The cross of dishonor; the crown of glory!
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Disperse your dishonorable bodies to your dishonored homes!
"The House of the Misty Star" by Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
I will not become a dishonorable tool.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
It is dishonoring to God, because it is calculated to give the world a gloomy and repulsive idea of religion.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
I shall now proceed to show your Lordships that the people of India have a keen sense and feeling of disgrace and dishonor.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Baron of Gloucester, thou darest not add the stigma of falsity to thy already dishonored name!
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Yet no one seemed to think there was anything dishonorable or diabolical in the business.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
A daughter dead in her honeymoon will be almost as great a grief to him as a dishonored one.
"The Circular Study" by Anna Katharine Green
That which does in truth dishonor a man is to avoid meeting his enemy, and not to avoid meeting his executioner.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Royston had only stated the simple fact when he said that Cecil was free from any stain of actual guilt or dishonor.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence

In poetry:

O single-hearted one to kiss
The lifeless and dishonored head,
Fondly as when its baby brow,
By angel wings was canopied!
"To The Virgin Mary" by Mary Hannay Foott
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

In news:

" Dishonored " gives players the freedom to complete missions any way they choose.
' Dishonored ' Review: Revenge Has Never Felt So Good.
This is Part Two of my ongoing review series on Dishonored .
' Dishonored ' twisted and oh-so-great.
" Dishonored " — Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC.
' Dishonored ' creators buck sequel trend, give players freedom.
In " Dishonored ," adds a vaguely steampunk aesthetic to a format designers say will let players "play the game you want to play.
Dishonored hasn't exactly snuck up on us.
' Dishonored ' On Sale Tonight.
Power to choose your own fate in ' Dishonored .
Dishonored game sneaks to glory.
And not just any traitor, but a dishonorable one as well.
The hapless Eagles have now grabbed the dishonor of America's Dumbest Team.
Something else that will be flowing is the special drink created just for the night, called "The Dishonorable Discharge".
It is not the media's responsibility to damn a Mitt Romney as a knowingly dishonest and thus dishonorable candidate.