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 : to be a source of shame to Your actions disgraced the family.
2 : to cause to lose favor (see favor entry 1 sense 1a(2)) or standing was disgraced by the hint of scandal
3 archaic : to humiliate by a superior showing thy whiteness … shall disgrace the swan— Robert Browning

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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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 Pop stars who spitefully deny the pleasure and acknowledgment of listeners who come from different political perspectives disgrace the very meaning of artistic expression. Armond White, National Review, "The Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ — Redefined," 22 Apr. 2020 The service was then known as the Night Rider, and the ride would not have disgraced a rodeo. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 But this one swallowed his pride, and whispered flattery to his abuser, like Wormtongue in another kingdom, and praised the wisdom of the man who disgraced him. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "The Legend of Six White Men of a Certain Age," 12 Feb. 2020 The Republicans are selling their souls to the devil and disgracing themselves to maintain their seats in Congress. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Conservative Christian pastor says he ‘asked and begged God’ for Donald Trump’s impeachment," 15 Oct. 2019 In 2011, recently elected as FFF president after the national men’s team had disgraced itself at the World Cup, Mr. Le Graët went to Germany for the Women’s World Cup. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "No longer sidelined, women’s soccer attracts players and fans in France," 27 June 2019 However, in the same game Kent would disgrace himself by slapping Celtic captain Scott Brown, receiving a retrospective two match ban in the process. SI.com, "Ryan Kent: 5 Things to Know About Liverpool Star Wanted By Rangers Boss Steven Gerrard," 12 July 2019 Their would-be leaders are disgracing themselves trying to keep up. The Economist, "Conservatism is fighting for its life against reactionary nationalism," 4 July 2019 Every time the president disgraces himself or outrages the nation, Democrats run to the cameras to register their disgust. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "House Leadership Is Looking Flakey," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In California’s 25th, where election officials are still waiting for mail-in votes to be counted, Garcia is leading 56%-44% with 76% of the vote in for the Democratic seat recently held by Rep. Katie Hill who resigned in disgrace. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Surprise blowout victories cheer Trump, no impact from virus, 2018 hangover," 13 May 2020 The executive team that oversaw the last UAW membership tally was led by then-President Gary Jones, who resigned in disgrace in November and is expected to plead guilty to embezzling more than $1 million. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Many of UAW's newest members aren't traditional autoworkers," 14 Apr. 2020 In a week of folly on an Adriatic beach, this ambiguous lover first forces the doctor out into the open, then runs off with his money, abandoning him to public disgrace. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 The chilling documentary focuses on Weinstein’s rise to power as well as his fall into disgrace, and how his trial catalyzed the greater #MeToo and Times Up movements. Serena Tara, Marie Claire, "Unmissable Documentaries on Hulu Right Now," 14 Apr. 2020 The impeachment was an outrage and a disgrace and an abject failure. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump: Still an Overall Success," 8 Apr. 2020 Some governments will rise to higher ideals, to duty and justice, equity and science; others will simply be unable to meet the test or, worse, disgrace themselves. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Trump’s European Travel Ban Doesn’t Make Sense," 12 Mar. 2020 Myles Garrett is a disgrace and should be suspended for the season. 2. Tom Withers, baltimoresun.com, "Garrett loses cool, hits Steelers QB with helmet in brawl late in 21-7 Browns win," 15 Nov. 2019 There were people who thought that hiring me for football was an absolute disgrace. Cary Estes, al, "How Eli Gold became the voice of Alabama football," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disgrace

Verb

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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Time Traveler for disgrace

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The first known use of disgrace was in 1580

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5 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disgrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgrace. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for disgrace

disgrace

verb
How to pronounce disgrace (audio)

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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