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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. 3. disfavor, odium, obloquy. 4. dishonor, defame, stain, sully, taint. 5. degrade, disapprove.
Antonyms
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.
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  • "You will succeed only in disgracing your relatives," said Friedland sullenly.

  • To 84 be shouting at dirty little beggars like those and disgracing us all!

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • She knew that he was disgracing himself, and yet he was the man whom she loved!

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • But they should not, with all their schemes, cheat her into disgracing him by marrying him.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • But he was aware of it also, and felt that he was disgracing himself.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope
  • He is weary of the republic, which is ruining and disgracing him.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • Save yourselves and us from disgracing ourselves before the General.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • All this to keep from crying, and disgracing his new pants by acting like a girl.

    Light for Little Ones Mary F. Waterbury
British Dictionary definitions for disgracing

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 disgracing

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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