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  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.

  1. the state of being out of favor; exclusion from favor, confidence, or trust: courtiers and ministers in disgrace.

verb (used with object),dis·graced, dis·grac·ing.
  1. to bring or reflect shame or reproach upon: to be disgraced by cowardice.

  2. 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

synonym study For disgrace

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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Other words from disgrace

  • dis·grac·er, noun
  • pre·dis·grace, noun
  • qua·si-dis·graced, adjective
  • self-dis·grace, noun
  • self-dis·graced, adjective
  • self-dis·grac·ing, adjective
  • un·dis·graced, adjective

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How to use disgrace in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disgrace


/ (dɪsˈɡreɪs) /

  1. a condition of shame, loss of reputation, or dishonour

  2. a shameful person, thing, or state of affairs

  1. exclusion from confidence or trust: he is in disgrace with his father

  1. to bring shame upon; be a discredit to

  2. to treat or cause to be treated with disfavour

Derived forms of disgrace

  • disgracer, noun

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