Dishonor is reproach; disgrace; ignominy; shame; whatever constitutes a stain or blemish in the reputation. Dishonor is the loss of honor, respect, or reputation; disgrace; to bring shame or disgrace upon: To disgrace; to bring reproach or shame on; to stain the character of; to lessen reputation.Webster’s American Dictionary
  Dishonor is to deprive of honor; violate the honor or dignity of; disgrace; bring reproach or shame on; stain the character of; lessen in reputation.Century Dictionary
  Synonyms for dishonor: disgrace, shame, degrade, contempt, humiliation, ignominy, discredit, disrepute, cheapen, edmean.— Dictionary

“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
—2 Timothy 2:20-21

  Dishonor is the result of committing dishonorable acts in thought, word and deed. Honesty is a facet of honor. Each instance of dishonor sullies the soul, dulls the keen edge of the spiritual and mental faculties and weakens the moral fiber. Dishonor results in the loss of one’s moral compass; one walks in the darkness and can no longer find Home.

Edna Lister on Dishonor

When you remember and live by honor given to God first and above all things of earth, you cannot dishonor yourself nor another. It cannot be done.—Edna Lister, December 11, 1944

Watch and do not make light of the serious things of life. Do not be dishonest or dishonorable with self, or make light speech or laughter about that which sinks back into the self and keeps you from conquering. To judge the self is not condemnation, but justice.—Edna Lister, July 10, 1945

When you dishonor the body, which is God’s temple, you have a foggy mentality from disobeying the first vows of the Neophyte, care of the body.—Edna Lister, December 1, 1948

Anyone who disregards law dishonors God, is playing with God, breaking the law and is arrogant.—Edna Lister, December 18, 1952.

When you are loyal to God’s principles, you cannot act dishonorably toward one of His creations.—Edna Lister, Always Wear Your Armor, November 15, 1953

Balance is honoring what you have been given so that your body expresses joy. You dishonor your temple when you do not properly care for the body, or not give it the proper fuel. If you hate or curse the body, you do not honor it as the image and likeness of God; it is the Chalice of the Almighty, and this is lost wisdom.—Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955

Nothing can be dishonorable about honorable work. Whatever was once dirty is made clean by love. What you bind on earth is bound in heaven. Do not be bound by any thought or deed upon earth—washing dishes, scrubbing floors, whatever it is, you loose it in prayer.—Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 21, 1955

God cannot set aside law to please anyone, and taking advantage of God’s good nature by expecting Him to do so is dishonorable—Edna Lister, Religious Slavery or Freedom? November 27, 1955

If you can be untruthful to cover something or hide it, you are dishonorable to God.—Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956

Covering another’s transgression to save others heartache is not dishonorable when you hold to honor on the great things.—Edna Lister, May 24, 1959

Love leads to honor, hate to dishonor.—Edna Lister, November 13, 1963

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Treatment for Cleansing the Soul of Dishonor

When you hear that someone has done something dishonorable, don’t spend one second to send out a vibration to push him down. If you do, you pay the debt. Say, It never happened. It is good. You then lift your words and the other’s acts into the Light. I lift this to Thee, Father. Let it be cleansed from earth this instant, to put evil to flight.—Edna Lister, October 30, 1969

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New Testament on Dishonor

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.—Romans 1:18-25

Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God.—Romans 2:23

O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?—Romans 9:20-21

There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.—1 Corinthians 15:40-44

In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.—2 Timothy 2:20-21

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Whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.—Proverbs 6:32-33

When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy [dishonor] reproach.—Proverbs 18:3

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Dishonor in Other Sacred Writings

They who fear the Lord are a sure seed, and they who love Him an honorable plant: they who regard not the law are a dishonorable seed; they who transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed.—Wisdom of Ben Sirach 10:19

The disposition of a liar is dishonorable, and his shame is ever with him.—Wisdom of Ben Sirach 20:26

Such is the senility of the world: atheism, dishonor, and the disregard of noble words.—Asclepius 21-29, Codex VI, 8

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of dishonor: Middle English dishonour, from Old French deshonor: dis- + honor "absence of honor."

Dishonor is a sin.


Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia. Wm. D. Whitney and B.E. Smith, eds. and compilers. New York: The Century Co., 1896.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2024

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988.

Webster, Noah. Webster’s American Dictionary. New York: S. Converse, 1828.

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