1. Lack of honor; disgrace; ignominy; shame; reproach.
It was not meet for us to see the king's dishonor.Ezra iv. 14.
His honor rooted in dishonor stood.Tennyson.
2. (Law) The nonpayment or nonacceptance of commercial paper by the party on whom it is drawn.
Syn. Disgrace; ignominy; shame; censure; reproach; opprobrium.
(Dis*hon"or) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dishonored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dishonoring.] [OE. deshonouren,
F. déshonorer; pref. dés- (L. dis-) + honorer to honor, fr. L. honorare. See Honor, v. t.] [Written also
1. 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 dishonorMilton.
Our law, or stain my vow of Nazarite.
2. To violate the chastity of; to debauch. Dryden.
3. 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.
Syn. To disgrace; shame; debase; degrade; lower; humble; humiliate; debauch; pollute.
(Dis*hon"or*a*ble) a. [Cf. F. déshonorable.]
1. Wanting in honor; not honorable; bringing or deserving dishonor; staining the character, and lessening
the reputation; shameful; disgraceful; base.
2. Wanting in honor or esteem; disesteemed.
He that is dishonorable in riches, how much more in poverty!Ecclus. x. 31.
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.Shak.
Dis*hon"or*a*ble*ness, n. Dis*hon"or*a*bly, adv.
(Dis*hon"or*a*ry) a. Bringing dishonor on; tending to disgrace; lessening reputation. Holmes.
(Dis*hon"or*er) n. One who dishonors or disgraces; one who treats another indignity. Milton.