Dishonor is a state of shame and disgrace. If you were caught lip-syncing to a recording during a singing contest, you’d probably feel a sense of dishonor.

Honor has to do with respect, so dishonor involves a lack of respect. If you dishonor something, you’ve brought shame to it. Athletes who cheat during a game have dishonored themselves and their teams. You can also say a shameful act brings dishonor. When a politician is involved in a scandal, it brings dishonor to his or her reputation.

Definitions of dishonor
  1. noun
    a state of shame or disgrace
    “he was resigned to a life of dishonor
    synonyms: dishonour
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    honor, honour, laurels
    the state of being honored
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    the state in which esteem has been lost
    discredit, disrepute
    the state of being held in low esteem
    the state of being corrupt
    disgrace, ignominy, shame
    a state of dishonor
    infamy, opprobrium
    a state of extreme dishonor
    evil fame or public reputation
    state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
    obloquy, opprobrium
    state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
    state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
    disgrace or shame
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    social or financial or professional status or reputation
  2. noun
    lacking honor or integrity
    synonyms: dishonour
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    honor, honour
    the quality of being honorable and having a good name
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    failure to adhere to moral principles
  3. verb
    bring shame or dishonor upon
    “he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime”
    synonyms: attaint, disgrace, dishonour, shame
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    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    befoul, defile, foul, maculate
    spot, stain, or pollute
  4. verb
    refuse to accept
    dishonor checks and drafts”
    synonyms: dishonour
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    honor, honour
    accept as pay
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    decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down
    refuse to accept
  5. verb
    force (someone) to have sex against their will
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    rape (someone) successively with several attackers
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    assail, assault, attack, set on
    attack someone physically or emotionally
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