- A state of shame or disgrace: the incident brought dishonour upon the policeMore example sentences
- I am looked upon with disgrace and dishonor because of my past.
- The Kels, who had always welcomed me as one of them, felt I had brought deep dishonor upon their people.
- Every record I can find seems to think this was unjust, but the monks were intent upon his dishonour, for they blamed him.
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- 1Bring shame or disgrace on: the ceremony was undertaken if a pupil had done something to dishonour the schoolMore example sentences
- He knew he had disgraced himself and dishonored everything an FBI agent should stand for.
- If anything you have dishonored me for bringing me to be a part of this family.
- You're going to take the shame of dishonoring your kingdom to your grave, I promise you that.
- 1.1 • archaic Violate the chastity of (a woman); rape: she was now unworthy of his notice, having been dishonoured by CasimMore example sentences
- But after that, I was so scared of dishonoring her, I insisted that for a month we only meet in the kitchen garden in full view of the convent!
- The leader spoke out against ‘crimes of honor,’ specifically the murder of a woman by her husband whom she had allegedly dishonored by immodest or otherwise unacceptable behavior.
- I have every right to challenge you to single combat for dishonoring her.
- 2Fail to observe or respect (an agreement or principle): the community has its own principles it can itself honour or dishonourMore example sentences
- They dishonoured his contract and the new team certainly haven't covered themselves in glory.
- ‘The Government has dishonoured that promise, just as they dishonoured the housing commitments in the previous agreement,’ he said.
- If the company is forced to dishonour its commitments with these customers it could severely damage their credibility with these customers and raise doubts in their minds about their reliability.
- 2.1Refuse to accept or pay (a cheque or a bill of exchange): payment was by a cheque which was later dishonouredMore example sentences
- A paying bank may dishonour the cheque - refuse to pay it - if the customer is not in funds, or if there is not a sufficiently agreed overdraft at the time it is presented.
- Finally, as a matter of practice, banks dishonour cheques that have been outstanding for a long period of time.
- A number of those cheques were dishonoured because there were insufficient funds, but she was able to continue because of good financial history.
Middle English: from Old French deshonor (noun), deshonorer (verb), based on Latin honor 'honour'.