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dis·​grace di-ˈskrās How to pronounce disgrace (audio)
disgraced; disgracing; disgraces

transitive verb

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


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: the condition of one fallen from grace : the condition of one who has lost honor (see honor entry 1 sense 1a)
left in disgrace
: loss of grace, favor, or honor
brought disgrace upon the family
: a source of shame
Your manners are a disgrace.
He's a disgrace to the profession.
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Charged with fraud and disgraced in Silicon Valley, Holmes' story was chronicled in the 2018 book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup and dramatized in the 2022 Hulu miniseries The Dropout based on the podcast of the same name and starring Amanda Seyfried. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 As the Arizona Republic reported this week, those defendants likely include disgraced former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Trump aide Mark Meadows. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2024 Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress shacking up at the finest hotels, to disgraced congressman George Santos, spending campaign funds on Botox, there’s something delectable about consuming the details of a grift — especially when there’s an aura of glamour around it. Esther Zuckerman, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 One of the first people to call the bridge collapse a black swan event was disgraced former US national security adviser Michael Flynn. David Gilbert, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 While Fani Willis has disgraced herself and is hanging on by her fingernails, Jack Smith is beset by various delays that may keep him from achieving his goal of politically damaging trials before the election, and Alvin Bragg is stuck with a dog of a case, James has gone from strength to ... Rich Lowry, National Review, 21 Mar. 2024 Gyllenhaal plays disgraced ex-UFC fighter Dalton who signs on for a new job as a bouncer, offered rather ridiculously by Frankie (Jessica Williams), for her trouble-prone bar in the Florida Keys. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Day’s adaptation strips away most of the political background of the 2017 novel, leaving only residual traces of Jakub’s search for redemption for the sins of his father, an informant for the Communist Party publicly disgraced following the fall of the regime. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 In 2008, McDonald’s disgraced its dollar menu, raising the price of the double cheeseburger to $1.19 and replacing the dollar version of the cheeseburger with an inferior McDouble — a product with one slice of cheese instead of two. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024
Nixon went on to win the presidency in a landslide, defeating Senator George McGovern, before resigning in disgrace in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 8 May 2024 Since Biden took office, America has retreated in disgrace from Afghanistan, desultorily assisted Ukraine in resisting Russia’s invasion, and watched in horror as Hamas murdered, raped, and kidnapped Israelis — including American citizens. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 9 Mar. 2024 Just one California senator, Richard Nixon, made it to the presidency only to resign in disgrace, while Dianne Feinstein became the state’s first woman to represent the state in 1992 and served for a record 31 years before her death last year. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 The statements Donald Trump made are a disgrace to this great country. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Tellingly, a number of polls recently have shown Sunak is even less popular than his predecessor Liz Truss, who resigned in disgrace after her controversial economic policies caused the pound to crash and interest rates to rise in a matter of days. Luke McGee, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 But now under a federal investigation with its most resilient force gone from the promotion in disgrace, WWE is left in a vulnerable position. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 This is particularly refreshing in light of the fact that a former principal in the school system was forced to resign in disgrace as a result of the revelation of his hobby of drag performing. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 Some want death, like Moeka Hoshi’s Fuji, directionless after a family disgrace. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


1580, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of disgrace was in 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Disgrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgrace. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
dis·​grace dis-ˈgrās How to pronounce disgrace (audio)
disgraced; disgracing
: to bring shame to
disgracer noun


2 of 2 noun
: the condition of being looked down on : loss of respect
in disgrace with one's schoolmates
: dishonor entry 1 sense 1, shame
the disgrace of being a coward
: a cause of shame
that person's manners are a disgrace
disgracefulness noun

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