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disgrace

verb dis·grace \ di-ˈskrās , dis-ˈgrās \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of disgrace

transitive verb
1 archaic : to humiliate by a superior showing
  • thy whiteness … shall disgrace the swan
  • —Robert Browning
2 : to be a source of shame to
  • Your actions disgraced the family.
3 : to cause to lose favor (see 1favor 1a(2)) 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.

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Origin and Etymology of disgrace


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disgrace

noun

Definition of disgrace

1 a : the condition of one fallen from grace : the condition of one who has lost honor (see 1honor 1a)
  • left in disgrace
b : loss of grace, favor, or honor
  • brought disgrace upon the family
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.

Recent Examples of disgrace from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of disgrace

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

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 English Language Learners

disgrace

verb

Definition of disgrace for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel ashamed

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


disgrace

noun

Definition of disgrace for English Language Learners

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

  • : something that you are or should be ashamed of


DISGRACE Defined for Kids

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disgrace

verb dis·grace \ di-ˈskrās , dis-ˈgrās \

Definition of disgrace for Students

disgraced; disgracing
: to bring shame to
  • Her behavior disgraced the family.

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disgrace

noun

Definition of disgrace for Students

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