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disgrace

[dis-greys] /dɪsˈgreɪs/
noun
1.
the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame:
the disgrace of criminals.
2.
a person, act, or thing that causes shame, reproach, or dishonor or is dishonorable or shameful.
3.
the state of being out of favor; exclusion from favor, confidence, or trust:
courtiers and ministers in disgrace.
verb (used with object), disgraced, disgracing.
4.
to bring or reflect shame or reproach upon:
to be disgraced by cowardice.
5.
to dismiss with discredit; put out of grace or favor; rebuke or humiliate:
to be disgraced at court.
Origin of disgrace
1540-1550
1540-50; (noun) < Middle French < Italian disgrazia, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + grazia < Latin gratia (see grace); (v.) < Middle French disgracier < Italian disgraziare, derivative of disgrazia
Related forms
disgracer, noun
predisgrace, noun
quasi-disgraced, adjective
self-disgrace, noun
self-disgraced, adjective
self-disgracing, adjective
undisgraced, adjective
Synonyms
1. disapproval, disapprobation, notoriety, taint. Disgrace, dishonor, ignominy, infamy imply a very low position in the opinion of others. Disgrace implies the disfavor of others: to be in disgrace. Dishonor implies a stain on honor or honorable reputation; it relates especially to the person's own conduct: He preferred death to dishonor. Ignominy is disgrace in which one's situation invites contempt: the ignominy of being discovered cheating. Infamy is shameful notoriety, or baseness of action or character that is widely known and recognized: The children never outlived the father's infamy. 3. disfavor, odium, obloquy. 4. dishonor, defame, stain, sully, taint. 5. degrade, disapprove.
Antonyms
1. honor.
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Examples from the Web for disgrace
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  • It will only be by your own disgrace that I shall have news of you.

  • It was thought a disgrace to give a daughter into the power of an outsider.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Yes, yes; but the disgrace of it if she should end her days there.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • It is a disgrace for a family to have in it an unmarried marriageable girl.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Oh, this disgrace is more shocking than all my other sufferings.

British Dictionary definitions for disgrace

disgrace

/dɪsˈɡreɪs/
noun
1.
a condition of shame, loss of reputation, or dishonour
2.
a shameful person, thing, or state of affairs
3.
exclusion from confidence or trust: he is in disgrace with his father
verb (transitive)
4.
to bring shame upon; be a discredit to
5.
to treat or cause to be treated with disfavour
Derived Forms
disgracer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disgrace
v.

1550s, "disfigure," from Middle French disgracier (16c.), from Italian disgraziare, from disgrazia "misfortune, deformity," from dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + grazia "grace" (see grace). Meaning "bring shame upon" is from 1590s. Related: Disgraced; disgracing. The noun is 1580s, from Middle French disgrace (16c.).

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