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)

  1. to deprive of honor; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on.
  2. Commerce. to fail or refuse to honor or pay (a draft, check, etc.).
  3. to rape or seduce.

verb (tr)

  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


  1. a lack of honour or respect
  2. a state of shame or disgrace
  3. a person or thing that causes a loss of honourhe was a dishonour to his family
  4. an insult; affrontwe did him a dishonour by not including him
  5. refusal or failure to accept or pay a commercial paper

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


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.


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

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