hon·or (nr) n.
1. High respect, as that shown for special merit; esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate. 2. 1. Good name; reputation. 2. A source or cause of credit: was an honor to the profession. 3. 1. Glory or recognition; distinction. 2. A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction: the place of honor at the table. 3. A military decoration. 4. A title conferred for achievement. 4. High rank. 5. The dignity accorded to position: awed by the honor of his office. 6. Great privilege: I have the honor to present the governor. 7. Honor Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain officials, such as judges and mayors: Her Honor the Mayor. 8. 1. Principled uprightness of character; personal integrity. 2. A code of integrity, dignity, and pride, chiefly among men, that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms. 3. A woman's chastity or reputation for chastity. 9. honors Social courtesies offered to guests: did the honors at tea. 10. honors 1. Special recognition for unusual academic achievement: graduated with honors. 2. A program of individual advanced study for exceptional students: planned to take honors in history. 11. Sports. The right of being first at the tee in golf. 12. Games. 1. Any of the four or five highest cards, especially the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the trump suit, in card games such as bridge or whist. 2. The points allotted to these cards. Often used in the plural.
honor. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved October 24, 2006, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?db=dictionary&q=honor
Sometimes Sportsmanship is mixed up with terms of honor. The idea is that someone who cheats and does not follow the rules, or stretches the rules of the Book of War is dishonorable, and someone who lives by the rules is honorable. This is a common misconception, since a person who claims no honor at all could play by the rules of the sport to the letter.
dis·hon·or (ds-nr) n.
1. Loss of honor, respect, or reputation. 2. The condition of having lost honor or good repute. 3. A cause of loss of honor: was a dishonor to the club. 4. Failure to pay or refusal to accept a note, a bill, or another commercial obligation.
dishonor. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved October 24, 2006, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dishonor
There is a debate between many people as to what actions are honorable and what actions are dishonorable.