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From Old French deshonor.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /dɪsˈɒnə(ɹ)/
  • (file)


dishonour (countable and uncountable, plural dishonours) (Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa)

  1. Shame or disgrace.
    You have brought dishonour upon the family.
  2. Lack of honour or integrity.
  3. (law) Failure or refusal of the drawee or intended acceptor of a negotiable instrument, such as a bill of exchange or note, to accept it or, if it is accepted, to pay and retire it.




dishonour (third-person singular simple present dishonours, present participle dishonouring, simple past and past participle dishonoured) (Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa)

  1. To bring disgrace upon someone or something; to shame.
    You have dishonoured the family.
  2. To refuse to accept something, such as a cheque; to not honor.
  3. To violate or rape.
    • 1863, Charles Reade, Hard Cash[1]:
      “My men, the schooner coming up on our weather quarter is a Portuguese pirate. His character is known; he scuttles all the ships he boards, dishonours the women, and murders the crew.”