Dis·hon·or n. [Written also dishonour.]
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.] [Written also dishonour.]
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 dishonor
Our law, or stain my vow of Nazarite. --Milton.
2. To violate the chastity of; to debauch.
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.
n 1: a state of shame or disgrace; "he was resigned to a life of
dishonor" [syn: dishonour] [ant: honor]
2: lacking honor or integrity [syn: dishonour] [ant: honor]
v 1: bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by
committing a serious crime" [syn: disgrace, dishonour,
attaint, shame] [ant: honor]
2: force (someone) to have sex against their will; "The woman
was raped on her way home at night" [syn: rape, ravish,
violate, assault, dishonour, outrage]
3: refuse to accept; "dishonor checks and drafts" [syn: dishonour]