What does dishonour mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dishonor, dishonournoun

    a state of shame or disgrace

    "he was resigned to a life of dishonor"

  2. dishonor, dishonourverb

    lacking honor or integrity

  3. dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shameverb

    bring shame or dishonor upon

    "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

  4. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrageverb

    force (someone) to have sex against their will

    "The woman was raped on her way home at night"

  5. dishonor, dishonourverb

    refuse to accept

    "dishonor checks and drafts"


  1. dishonournoun

    shame or disgrace

  2. dishonournoun

    a lack of honour or integrity

  3. dishonourverb

    to bring disgrace upon someone or something; to shame

  4. dishonourverb

    to refuse to accept something, such as a cheque

  5. dishonourverb

    to violate or rape

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dishonournoun

    Etymology: dis and honour.

    Let not my jealousies be your dishonours,
    But mine own safeties. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He was pleased to own Lazarus even in the dishonours of the grave, and vouchsafed him in that despicable condition the glorious title of his friend. Robert Boyle, Seraphick Love.

    Take him for your husband and your lord,
    ’Tis no dishonour to confer your grace
    On one descended from a royal race. John Dryden, Fables.

    So good, that no tongue could ever
    Pronounce dishonour of her; by my life
    She never knew harm-doing. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

  2. To Dishonourverb

    Etymology: dis and honour.

    Make known,
    It is no vicious blot, murther, or foulness,
    No unchaste action, or dishonour’d step,
    That hath depriv’d me of your grace and favour. William Shakespeare.

    This no more dishonours you at all,
    Than to take in a town with gentle words,
    Which else would put you to your fortune. William Shakespeare, Cor.

    A woman that honoureth her husband, shall be judged wise of all; but she that dishonoureth him in her pride, shall be counted ungodly of all. Eccl. xxvi. 26.

    We are not so much to strain ourselves to make those virtues appear in us which really we have not, as to avoid those imperfections which may dishonour us. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    If I, celestial fire! in ought
    Have serv’d thy will, or gratify’d thy thought,
    One glimpse of glory to my issue give,
    Grac’d for the little time he has to live:
    Dishonour’d by the king of men he stands;
    His rightful prize is ravish’d from his hands. John Dryden, Iliad.


  1. dishonour

    Honour (Commonwealth English) or honor (American English; see spelling differences) is the idea of a bond between an individual and a society as a quality of a person that is both of social teaching and of personal ethos, that manifests itself as a code of conduct, and has various elements such as valour, chivalry, honesty, and compassion. It is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or institutions such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Accordingly, individuals (or institutions) are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large. Samuel Johnson, in his A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), defined honour as having several senses, the first of which was "nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness". This sort of honour derives from the perceived virtuous conduct and personal integrity of the person endowed with it. On the other hand, Johnson also defined honour in relationship to "reputation" and "fame"; to "privileges of rank or birth", and as "respect" of the kind which "places an individual socially and determines his right to precedence". This sort of honour is often not so much a function of moral or ethical excellence, as it is a consequence of power. Finally, with respect to sexuality, honour has traditionally been associated with (or identical to) "chastity" or "virginity", or in case of married men and women, "fidelity". Some have argued that honour should be seen more as a rhetoric, or set of possible actions, than as a code.


  1. dishonour

    Dishonour is a state of being found guilty of dishonesty or untrustworthiness, or of acting against morally acceptable standards, resulting in a loss of respect or reputation. It can also refer to failure to fulfill a promise or obligation, especially in terms of financial commitments.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dishonour

    diz-on′ur, n. want of honour: disgrace: shame: reproach.—v.t. to deprive of honour: to disgrace: to cause shame to: to seduce: to degrade: to refuse the payment of, as a cheque.—adjs. Dishon′orary, causing dishonour; Dishon′ourable, having no sense of honour: disgraceful.—n. Dishon′ourableness.—adv. Dishon′ourably.—n. Dishon′ourer. [O. Fr. deshonneur, des—L. dis, neg., honneur—L. honor, honour.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dishonour in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dishonour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dishonour in a Sentence

  1. The CTA:

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial are sacred sites for Canadians, the desecration of these sites was a disgusting act and is a dishonour to those soldiers who have given their lives for our country and those Canadian soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom today.

  2. Henry Beston:

    Do no dishonour to the earth least you dishonour the spirit of man.

  3. The CTA:

    The desecration of these sites was a disgusting act and is a dishonour to those soldiers who have given their lives for our country and those Canadian soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom today.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Since Cleopatra died, I have liv'd in such dishonour that the gods Detest my baseness.

  5. Lord Alfred Tennyson:

    His honour rooted in dishonour stood, And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.

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  • позор, срамBulgarian
  • zostuditCzech
  • Schande, schändenGerman
  • malhonorigi, malhonoroEsperanto
  • deshonrarSpanish
  • déshonneur, déshonorerFrench
  • deshonoroIdo
  • disonore, disonorareItalian
  • ignominiaLatin
  • kaipirau, hōnorekoreMāori
  • vanære, skamNorwegian
  • hańbaPolish
  • desonra, desonrarPortuguese
  • позо́рить, осрами́ть, бесче́стие, опозо́рить, бесче́стить, срами́ть, позо́р, срам, обесче́ститьRussian
  • அவமானத்தையும்Tamil

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