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1 the state of having lost the esteem of others
  • the players who threw the game were in disgrace with their schoolmates

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2 a cause of shame
  • the exposure of his criminal record was a huge disgrace for the councilman

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3 a regrettable or blameworthy act
  • it's a disgrace to let all the leftover food from the banquet go to waste, so let's deliver it to the homeless shelter

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How does the noun disgrace differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of disgrace are dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, and infamy. While all these words 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

When could dishonor be used to replace disgrace?

While in some cases nearly identical to disgrace, dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem.

preferred death to life with dishonor

In what contexts can disrepute take the place of disgrace?

In some situations, the words disrepute and disgrace are roughly equivalent. However, disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation.

a once proud name fallen into disrepute

Where would ignominy be a reasonable alternative to disgrace?

The synonyms ignominy and disgrace are sometimes interchangeable, but ignominy stresses humiliation.

the ignominy of being arrested

When is infamy a more appropriate choice than disgrace?

The words infamy and disgrace can be used in similar contexts, but infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame.

a day that lives in infamy

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The first known use of disgrace was in 1580

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“Disgrace.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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