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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Other Words from disgrace

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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, paying someone that kind of money for another year of doing nothing, more money in fact than the overwhelming majority of people will earn in their lifetime is a disgrace. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are the Heat sacrificing developmental possibilities?," 8 Sep. 2019 The Mughal authority took it as a disgrace and ordered the Guru to be tortured in the most inhuman manner. Sondeep Sankar, Quartz India, "In photos: A glorious history of Sikhism," 3 Sep. 2019 The closing of the Handmaids' mouths is a disgrace to her. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ann Dowd Digs Deep to Understand Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale," 14 Aug. 2019 Nixon’s ’68 and ‘72 running mate, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace in 1973 after being accused of bribery, extortion, and tax evasion during his tenure as Maryland governor. Jay Cost, National Review, "In Praise of Gerald Ford," 9 Sep. 2019 The story follows Phil Phillips (puppeteer Bill Barretta), who had been the first puppet cop in the Los Angeles Police Department before being dismissed in disgrace. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday (‘Identity Theft of a Cheerleader’) and Sunday talk shows," 6 Sep. 2019 The Union-Tribune reported that Lara is believed to be the first California insurance commissioner to accept contributions from the insurance industry since Chuck Quackenbush resigned in disgrace in 2000. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: California insurance czar’s troubling first 7 months in office," 23 Aug. 2019 Democrats think the evidence and conclusion of the special counsel’s report add up to a portrait in disgrace. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony resolves nothing," 24 July 2019 The projected result represented a striking moment for Abe, who a dozen years ago was forced to resign in disgrace after one year as prime minister, following a humiliating defeat of his party in a parliamentary election. Motoko Rich, BostonGlobe.com, "Shinzo Abe’s party headed to victory in Japan elections, securing his place in history," 21 July 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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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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