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disgrace

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verb dis·grace \di-ˈskrās, dis-ˈgrās\

Simple Definition of disgrace

  • : to cause (someone) to feel ashamed

  • : to cause (someone or something) to lose or become unworthy of respect or approval

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disgrace

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to humiliate by a superior showing

  3. 2 :  to be a source of shame to <your actions disgraced the family>

  4. 3 :  to cause to lose favor or standing <was disgraced by the hint of scandal>

disgracer

noun

Examples of disgrace in a sentence

  1. Many feel that the mayor has disgraced the town government by accepting personal favors from local businesspeople.

  2. He felt he had disgraced himself by failing at school.



1580

First Known Use of disgrace

1580


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disgrace

noun dis·grace

Simple Definition of disgrace

  • : the condition of feeling ashamed or of losing or becoming unworthy of respect or approval

  • : something that you are or should be ashamed of

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disgrace

  1. 1 a :  the condition of one fallen from grace or honor b :  loss of grace, favor, or honor

  2. 2 :  a source of shame <your manners are a disgrace> <he's a disgrace to the profession>

Examples of disgrace in a sentence

  1. The secret was protected out of a fear of political disgrace.

  2. Many feel that the mayor has brought disgrace upon the town.

  3. She was forced to leave in disgrace.

  4. His table manners are a disgrace.

  5. The health-care system is a national disgrace.



Origin and Etymology of disgrace

Middle French, from Old Italian disgrazia, from dis- (from Latin) + grazia grace, from Latin gratia — more at grace


First Known Use: 1586

Synonym Discussion of disgrace

disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, infamy, ignominy mean the state or condition of suffering loss of esteem and of enduring reproach. disgrace often implies humiliation and sometimes ostracism <sent home in disgrace>. dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem <preferred death to life with dishonor>. disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation <a once proud name fallen into disrepute>. infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame <a day that lives in infamy>. ignominy stresses humiliation <the ignominy of being arrested>.


DISGRACE Defined for Kids

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disgrace

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verb dis·grace \di-ˈskrās, dis-ˈgrās\

Definition of disgrace for Students

disgraced

disgracing

  1. :  to bring shame to <Her behavior disgraced the family.>




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disgrace

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noun dis·grace

Definition of disgrace for Students

  1. 1 :  the condition of being looked down on :  loss of respect <He resigned in disgrace.>

  2. 2 :  a cause of shame <It was a disgrace to be chained, and he felt it deeply … — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>





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