dishonor


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Dishonor

To refuse to accept or pay a draft or to pay a promissory note when duly presented. An instrument is dishonored when a necessary or optional presentment is made and due acceptance or payment is refused, or cannot be obtained within the prescribed time, or in case of bank collections, the instrument is seasonably returned by the midnight deadline; or presentment is excused and the instrument is not duly accepted or paid. Includes the insurer of a letter of credit refusing to pay or accept a draft or demand for payment.

As respects the flag, to deface or defile, imputing a lively sense of shaming or an equivalent acquiescent callousness.

dishonor

v. to refuse to pay the face amount of a check or the amount due on a promissory note.

dishonor

(Nonpayment), noun breach of faith, breach of promise, declination, default, delinquency, failure, improbity, inability to pay, inattention, insolvency, nonacceptance, nonadherence, noncompliance, nonfeasance, nonfulfillment, nonobservance, nonpayment at maturity, omission, refusal to accept, refusal to pay, rejection, repudiation of payment
Associated concepts: dishonor of checks, dishonor of negooiated instruments, notice of dishonor

dishonor

(Shame), noun abasement, abjection, aspersion, attaint, bad character, bad favor, bad name, bad reputation, bad repute, badge of infamy, blemish, blot, brand, calumny, contempt, contumely, debasement, decrial, defamation, defilement, degradation, depravity, derogation, detraction, deviation from rectitude, disapprobation, discredit, disesteem, disfavor, disgrace, disparagement, disreputability, disrepute, disrespect, ignobility, ignominia, ignominy, ill-fame, ill-favor, ill-repute, improbity, imputation, indignity, infamia, infamy, ingloriousness, lack of conscience, lack of honor, lack of principle, lack of probity, loss of reputation, low estimation, mockery, no repute, no standing, notoriety, obloquy, opprobrium, outrage, public disgrace, reproach, ridicule, scandal, scorn, shamefulness, slur, smear, stain, stigma, taint, tarnish, tarnished honor, traducement, turpitude, turpitudo, vileness, vilification, wickedness

dishonor

(Deprive of honor), verb abase, asperse, attaint, besmear, besmirch, blot, brand, bring into discredit, bring shame upon, cast a slur on, cast aspersions, cast reproachupon, contemn, debase, debauch, dedecorare, defame, deflower, degrade, dehonestare, denigrate, denounce, deride, desecrate, despise, discredit, disgrace, disparage, malign, pillory, reflect discredit upon, reproach, slur, smear, smirch, speak ill of, stain, stigmatize, stuprare, taint, tarnish, vilify

dishonor

(Refuse to pay), verb decline to pay, deeline to redeem, disallow payment, disregard, evade, not observe, not pay, refuse payment, refuse to honor, stop payment, withhold payment
Associated concepts: dishonor a check, notice of dishonor
See also: abuse, aspersion, attaint, bad character, bad faith, bad repute, brand, browbeat, condemn, contemn, contumely, corruption, debase, defame, default, defilement, degradation, demean, denigrate, denounce, derogate, discredit, disfavor, disgrace, dishonesty, disoblige, disparage, disparagement, disregard, disrepute, disrespect, fail, humiliate, ignominy, impeachability, infamy, infidelity, lose, malign, nonpayment, notoriety, obloquy, odium, onus, opprobrium, pillory, pollute, reproach, repudiate, scandal, shame, smear, stain, stigma, sully, tarnish, violate

TO DISHONOR, contr. This term is applied to the nonfulfillment of commercial engagements. To dishonor a bill of exchange, or a promissory note, is to refuse or neglect to pay it at maturity.
     2. The holder is bound to give notice to the parties to such instrument of its dishonor, and his laches will discharge the indorsers. Chit. on Bills, 394, 395, 256 to 278.

References in classic literature ?
Allow me, then, to avoid dishonor by death; let me take refuge in martyrdom.
They spoke of a daughter, a wanderer they knew not where, bearing dishonor along with her, and leaving shame and affliction to bring their gray heads to the grave.
I know not," answered Grandfather, "unless he considered it a dishonor and disgrace to the chair to have stood under Liberty Tree.
The legacy of a part would dishonor you and offend the king.
I verily believe that you are accusing the poor gentleman of being capable of rejoicing in his daughter's dishonor.
Make no deep scrutiny Into her mutiny Rash and undutiful; Past all dishonor, Death has left on her Only the beautiful.
It is the sinfullest thing in the world, to forsake or destitute a plantation once in forwardness; for besides the dishonor, it is the guiltiness of blood of many commiserable persons.
There were many times when either side might have withdrawn without dishonor and thus ended hostilities, but from the mad abandon with which each invariably renewed hostilities I soon came to believe that what need not have been more than a trifling skirmish would end only with the complete extermination of one force or the other.
He proclaimed the marriage in the high places of the city and rejoiced that dishonor had departed from his house.
Sire, you would dishonor yourself if you were to give such an order.
The thought immediately occurred to him that his promise to Prince Andrew was of no account, because before he gave it he had already promised Prince Anatole to come to his gathering; "besides," thought he, "all such 'words of honor' are conventional things with no definite meaning, especially if one considers that by tomorrow one may be dead, or something so extraordinary may happen to one that honor and dishonor will be all the same
In vain he said to himself that, if permitted, it would be a divine visitation, a chastisement, a preparation; he recoiled from the imagined burning; and he judged that it must be more for the Divine glory that he should escape dishonor.