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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dishonorable mean? 

DISHONORABLE (adjective)
  The adjective DISHONORABLE has 5 senses:

1. lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
2. deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
3. not bringing honor and glory
4. not adhering to ethical or moral principles
5. morally unacceptable

  Familiarity information: DISHONORABLE used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISHONORABLE (adjective)

Sense 1dishonorable [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor


dishonorable; dishonourable

Context examples:

dishonorable in thought and deed / a dishonorable discharge


yellow (cowardly or treacherous)

unprincipled (having little or no integrity)

shabby (mean and unworthy and despicable)

debasing; degrading (used of conduct; characterized by dishonor)

black; disgraceful; ignominious; inglorious; opprobrious; shameful ((used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame)


unworthy (lacking in value or merit)

disreputable (lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance)

ignoble (completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose)

unjust (violating principles of justice)

dishonorable; inglorious (not bringing honor and glory)

dishonest; dishonorable (deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive)


honorableness; honourableness (the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor)


honorable (worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect)

Sense 2dishonorable [BACK TO TOP]


Deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive


dishonest; dishonorable


thieving; thievish (given to thievery)

blackguardly; rascally; roguish; scoundrelly (lacking principles or scruples)

picaresque (involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction)

false (designed to deceive)

deceptive; misleading; shoddy (designed to deceive or mislead either deliberately or inadvertently)

deceitful; fallacious; fraudulent (intended to deceive)

beguiling (misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods)

ambidextrous; deceitful; double-dealing; double-faced; double-tongued; duplicitous; Janus-faced; two-faced (marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another)


untrustworthy; untrusty (not worthy of trust or belief)

false (not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality)

corrupt; crooked (not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive)

insincere (lacking sincerity)

dishonorable; dishonourable (lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor)

Sense 3dishonorable [BACK TO TOP]


Not bringing honor and glory


inglorious; dishonorable

Context example:

some mute inglorious Milton here may rest


obscure; unknown; unsung (not famous or acclaimed)


dishonorable; dishonourable (lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor)

unknown (not known)

Sense 4dishonorable [BACK TO TOP]


Not adhering to ethical or moral principles


dishonourable; immoral; unethical; base; dishonorable

Context examples:

base and unpatriotic motives / a base, degrading way of life / cheating is dishonorable / they considered colonialism immoral / unethical practices in handling public funds


wrong (contrary to conscience or morality or law)

Sense 5dishonorable [BACK TO TOP]


Morally unacceptable


dishonourable; dishonorable

Context example:

the dishonorable conduct of trusted men


ignoble (completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose)

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