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[dis-greys] /dɪsˈgreɪs/
the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame:
the disgrace of criminals.
a person, act, or thing that causes shame, reproach, or dishonor or is dishonorable or shameful.
the state of being out of favor; exclusion from favor, confidence, or trust:
courtiers and ministers in disgrace.
verb (used with object), disgraced, disgracing.
to bring or reflect shame or reproach upon:
to be disgraced by cowardice.
to dismiss with discredit; put out of grace or favor; rebuke or humiliate:
to be disgraced at court.
Origin of disgrace
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
1. disapproval, disapprobation, notoriety, taint. 3. disfavor, odium, obloquy. 4. dishonor, defame, stain, sully, taint. 5. degrade, disapprove.
1. honor.
Synonym Study
1.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. Unabridged
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  • She was desperately afraid of disgracing herself by a childish outburst of tears.

    The Chink in the Armour Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • She knew that he was disgracing himself, and yet he was the man whom she loved!

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • I don't want his family to feel that he's disgracing them by marrying me.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
  • But they should not, with all their schemes, cheat her into disgracing him by marrying him.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • He felt he must not permit himself to be driven into the arms of the Vindictives by disgracing Seward.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • He is weary of the republic, which is ruining and disgracing him.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • Perhaps I am; but mean as is the man, I shuddered at the thought of disgracing and ruining him for life.

    Brave Tom Edward S. Ellis
  • Dodo, you'll be disgracing your family one of these days by being took up!

British Dictionary definitions for disgracing


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



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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