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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.
  3. the state of being out of favor; exclusion from favor, confidence, or trust: courtiers and ministers in disgrace.
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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.
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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 formsdis·grac·er, nounpre·dis·grace, nounqua·si-dis·graced, adjectiveself-dis·grace, nounself-dis·graced, adjectiveself-dis·grac·ing, adjectiveun·dis·graced, adjective


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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.


1. honor.
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  1. a condition of shame, loss of reputation, or dishonour
  2. a shameful person, thing, or state of affairs
  3. exclusion from confidence or trusthe is in disgrace with his father
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verb (tr)
  1. to bring shame upon; be a discredit to
  2. to treat or cause to be treated with disfavour
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Derived Formsdisgracer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disgraced



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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