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dishonour

noun [U] uk UK formal (US dishonor)   /dɪˈsɒn.ər/ us    /-ˈsɑː.nɚ/
a feeling of embarrassment and loss of people's respect, or a situation in which you experience this: Some of the leaders of the coup took their lives rather than face dishonour. It was no dishonour to be beaten by such a strong opponent.

dishonour

verb [T] uk UK formal (US dishonor)   /dɪˈsɒn.ər/ us    /-ˈsɑː.nɚ/
to cause someone or something to lose respect: He felt that he had dishonoured his country. If you dishonour a promise or agreement, you do not do what you said you would do: We suspect he means to dishonour the agreement made three years ago.
dishonourable
adjective uk (US dishonorable)   /-ə.bl̩/ us  
dishonourable actions
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