Definition of dishonourable in English:


(US dishonorable)


  • Bringing shame or disgrace on someone or something.

    ‘his crimes are petty and dishonourable’
    • ‘We might like the idea that we've only recently fallen from grace, but it only takes the merest, glancing knowledge of the past to realise that any heinous acts being practised today have a long and dishonourable history.’
    • ‘Either way, I always feel guilty and dishonourable.’
    • ‘To possess information of value and interest to the people and not disclose it is considered not only dangerous but dishonourable.’
    • ‘The one reliable prediction you can make about any group of human beings is that one or two will have a proclivity to cut corners, accept a bribe or be ready to pursue a dishonourable means to achieve their end.’
    • ‘You played a very dishonest and dishonourable part in that matter.’
    • ‘Having thrown water bottles at each other in the most alien conduct of the House many wondered if there was any tolerance at all, or if in fact they had elected dishonourable people to make laws for the country.’
    • ‘‘Not only were you guilty of the offence of which you were convicted, but you were also in my view guilty of dishonourable conduct,’ he said.’
    • ‘This is permissible I suppose, but dishonourable, and remember, they did this after a two-month delay.’
    • ‘Or, if help seemed inevitable, I would stay with him as well, even if it meant risking my own life. It just seems so dishonourable, selfish and disloyal to me to simply continue with the mission and leave him.’
    • ‘Honourable members don't do anything dishonourable, but if they don't know the rules properly, then they could end up breaking them inadvertently.’
    • ‘Does this impudent, dishonourable journalist think he is the equal of Tolstoy, physically, intellectually, artistically, or morally?’
    • ‘Wooed by a man with dishonorable intentions, she found herself unwed, disgraced, and cast out.’
    • ‘How dishonourable and reprehensible, and I am very surprised that you would deal with such a person as this man is evolving to be.’
    • ‘It would be dishonest and dishonourable to pretend otherwise.’
    • ‘He will be remembered as a gentleman of the game, a man who played to win but never stooped to ignoble or dishonourable depths.’
    • ‘Many of the bigger sites claim to vet members' profiles, but there is often little to stop those with dishonourable or even criminal intentions from lying about themselves.’
    • ‘There was the abiding desire that they shouldn't play beneath themselves, be dishonourable or contemptuous of others.’
    • ‘The King of the time had met this man before and knew that he was an unworthy and dishonourable person.’
    • ‘Although the tribute was often a precise sum of money, it could be seen as dishonourable for the king to receive ‘pay’.’
    • ‘I think it's important to the achievements of our subsidised theatre that it shouldn't be dishonourable to fail.’
    disgraceful, shameful, shameless, shaming, disreputable, discreditable, degrading, debasing, ignominious, ignoble, blameworthy, contemptible, despicable, reprehensible, shabby, shoddy, sordid, sorry, base, low, Improper, unseemly, unworthy
    unprincipled, unscrupulous, corrupt, untrustworthy, treacherous, perfidious, traitorous, villainous
    shady, crooked, low-down, dirty, rotten, rascally, scoundrelly
    scurvy, knavish
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