Definition of Dishonour

1. Noun. A state of shame or disgrace. "He was resigned to a life of dishonor"

Exact synonyms: Dishonor
Generic synonyms: Standing
Specialized synonyms: Disesteem, Discredit, Disrepute, Corruptness, Disgrace, Ignominy, Shame, Infamy, Opprobrium
Derivative terms: Dishonor, Dishonor
Antonyms: Honor

2. Verb. Bring shame or dishonor upon. "The performance is likely to dishonour Sue"; "He dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
Exact synonyms: Attaint, Disgrace, Dishonor, Shame
Specialized synonyms: Befoul, Defile, Foul, Maculate
Derivative terms: Disgrace, Dishonor, Dishonor, Shame, Shame
Antonyms: Honor

3. Noun. Lacking honor or integrity.
Exact synonyms: Dishonor
Generic synonyms: Unrighteousness
Derivative terms: Dishonor
Antonyms: Honor

4. Verb. Force (someone) to have sex against their will. "They want to dishonour the prisoners "; "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
Exact synonyms: Assault, Dishonor, Outrage, Rape, Ravish, Violate
Generic synonyms: Assail, Assault, Attack, Set On
Specialized synonyms: Gang-rape
Derivative terms: Assaultive, Dishonor, Outrage, Rape, Raper, Ravisher, Ravishment, Violation, Violator

5. Verb. Refuse to accept. "Dishonor checks and drafts"
Exact synonyms: Dishonor
Generic synonyms: Decline, Pass Up, Refuse, Reject, Turn Down
Antonyms: Honor

Definition of Dishonour

1. Noun. shame or disgrace ¹

2. Noun. a lack of honour or integrity ¹

3. Verb. to bring disgrace upon someone or something; to shame ¹

4. Verb. to refuse to accept something, such as a cheque ¹

5. Verb. to violate or rape ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dishonour

dishonorable discharge
dishonour (current term)
dishonoured bill
dishonoured bills

Literary usage of Dishonour

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1. A Digest of the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Cheques, and by Mackenzie Dalzell Edwin Stewart Chalmers (1896)
"Rules as to notice of dishonour. By whom to be given. By whom notice of dishonour to be given. recover the amount of the bill, unless his omission has ..."

2. Leviathan: Or, The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical by Thomas Hobbes (1885)
"To neglect, is to dishonour. To give way or place to another, in any commodity, is to honour; ... To arrogate, is to dishonour. To show any sign of love, ..."

3. The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1885)
"For the Creator makes vessels of honour and vessels of dishonour, not from the beginning according to His foreknowledge,10 since He does not condemn or ..."

4. A Treatise on the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-notes and by John Barnard Byles, Maurice Barnard Byles, Walter John Barnard Byles (1899)
"(*) Ibid. (2). The other provisions seem to be ss. 48 and 51, as to notice of dishonour and protest necessary to preserve that ..."

5. The Jews and the English Law by Henry Straus Quixano Henriques (1908)
"... dishonour Circumstance excusing a Jew in the habit of observing it of a bill of from performing on that day any act of business which otherwise would be ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Samuel March Phillipps (1822)
"(4) Ignorance of the place of the drawer's residence is an excuse for not giving him due notice of the dishonour ; and whether the party has used due ..."

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