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[dis-greys-fuh l]
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  1. bringing or deserving disgrace; shameful; dishonorable; disreputable.
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Origin of disgraceful

First recorded in 1585–95; disgrace + -ful
Related formsdis·grace·ful·ly, adverbdis·grace·ful·ness, noun
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Related Words for disgraceful

shocking, ignominious, degrading, contemptible, scandalous, blameworthy, detestable, dishonorable, disreputable, ignoble, infamous, inglorious, mean, offensive, opprobrious, shabby, shady, shoddy, unworthy, discreditable

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British Dictionary definitions for disgraceful


  1. shameful; scandalous
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Derived Formsdisgracefully, adverbdisgracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disgraceful


1590s, "graceless," opposite of graceful; see dis- + graceful. Meaning "full of disgrace" (1590s) is from disgrace + -ful. Related: Disgracefully.

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