disgrace

verb
dis·​grace | \ di-ˈskrās How to pronounce disgrace (audio) , dis-ˈgrās\
disgraced; disgracing; disgraces

Definition of disgrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 favor entry 1 sense 1a(2)) or standing was disgraced by the hint of scandal

disgrace

noun

Definition of disgrace (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the condition of one fallen from grace : the condition of one who has lost honor (see honor entry 1 sense 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.

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Verb

disgracer noun

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Noun

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

Examples of disgrace in a Sentence

Verb

Many feel that the mayor has disgraced the town government by accepting personal favors from local businesspeople. He felt he had disgraced himself by failing at school.

Noun

The secret was protected out of a fear of political disgrace. Many feel that the mayor has brought disgrace upon the town. She was forced to leave in disgrace. His table manners are a disgrace. The health-care system is a national disgrace.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And then Ohr, even after Steele has been discredited and disgraced, starts working with him. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani on McGahn's testimony, origins of Russia probe," 19 Aug. 2018 Numerous celebrities, sports stars and politicians have been publicly disgraced after appearing to try to dodge the draft. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "South Korean Soccer Star Needs to Beat Japan or Report for Duty," 30 Aug. 2018 Any other outcome would disgrace the ruling coalition or drive Italy out of the eurozone, wreaking havoc on Europe’s banks. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Eurozone’s 19th Nervous Breakdown," 9 Nov. 2018 An influential Friday Prayer leader, Ahmad Alamolhoda, said the dance performance had been planned by enemies set on disgracing the Shiite saint that the event was meant to honor, Fateme Zahra. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Tehran’s Mayor Watched a Dance Recital. Now He’s the Ex-Mayor.," 14 Mar. 2018 Most England fans just shrugged - after all, their side had faced Italy and Uruguay in successive matches, without completely disgracing themselves in either of those 2-1 defeats. SI.com, "An Urgent Message to England Fans at the World Cup - Please Calm Down & Get Real!," 27 June 2018 With the exception of a few Governors like Baker, Hogan and Kasich it is filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A prominent GOP strategist has left the Republican Party over family separations at the border," 20 June 2018 As if that weren’t enough, his son had disgraced himself by spreading an unhinged conspiracy theory involving child molestation, the Democratic Party, and a popular D.C. pizzeria. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Beautiful: This Former Criminal Just Got the Second Chance of a Lifetime," 10 July 2018 The single biggest take away is that the leadership under Jim Comey was disgraced by this report. Fox News, "How can the US assess North Korea's nuclear arsenal?," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To protect our draft-dodging president from the sight of a ship flying the colors of the United States of America is a disgrace to our nation and to the men and women that serve us every day around the world, and to and their families. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Hiding a U.S. Navy ship for a draft-dodger a disgrace," 4 June 2019 This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 This is an absolute disgrace what's been done at the last-minute and the Democrats don't care. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 Tuesday's special election was the first time voters have gone to the polls in Missouri since Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in disgrace amid a series of scandals. Eric Bradner, CNN, "6 takeaways from the biggest primary night of 2018," 6 June 2018 Woods' fall from impeccability to culpability made him one of the first in a line of overpraised sports figures to meet disgrace, all of whom had images that were too good to believe. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Masters 2018: Tiger Woods and the ghosts of Masters past -- Bill Livingston," 5 Apr. 2018 As Price writes: Cold fusion is dismissed as pseudoscience, the kind of thing that respectable scientists and science journalists simply don't talk about (unless to remind us of its disgrace). Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Can Cold Fusion Come Back From the Dead?," 21 Dec. 2015 This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of disgrace

Verb

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disgrace

Noun and Verb

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

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disgrace

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disgrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

disgrace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disgrace (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
dis·​grace | \ di-ˈskrās How to pronounce disgrace (audio) , dis-ˈgrās\
disgraced; disgracing

Kids Definition of disgrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring shame to Her behavior disgraced the family.

disgrace

noun

Kids Definition of disgrace (Entry 2 of 2)

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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