Definition of disgrace in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈɡrās/


1Loss of reputation or respect, especially as the result of a dishonorable action: he left the army in disgrace if he’d gone back, it would have brought disgrace on the family
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  • The family guilty of such an omission would be held in disgrace and contempt pending the intervention of lineage or clan members.
  • It is usually only when an element of criminal dishonesty is involved that there follows a removal, in disgrace, from Westminster.
  • He was in disgrace in 1552 and degraded from the Garter, but restored to favour by Mary, whom he served as lord privy seal.
dishonor, shame, discredit, ignominy, degradation, disrepute, ill repute, infamy, scandal, stigma, opprobrium, obloquy, condemnation, vilification, contempt, disrespect;
humiliation, embarrassment, loss of face
dated disesteem
out of favor, unpopular, under a cloud, disgraced
informal in the doghouse
1.1 [in singular] A person or thing regarded as shameful and unacceptable: he’s a disgrace to the legal profession
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  • It is hateful, shameful and a disgrace to all when it is used unintelligently.
  • It's a disgrace to any concept of fairness, an insult to a horrible past, encouragement to a disgraceful present and in the long run it damages everyone.
  • Our exclusion is a scandal and a disgrace to the local Council.
scandal, outrage;
discredit, reproach, affront, insult;
stain, blemish, blot, black mark
informal crime, sin


[with object]
1Bring shame or discredit on (someone or something): you have disgraced the family name John stiffened his jaw so he wouldn’t disgrace himself by crying
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  • ‘I do not intend to disgrace myself at the end of my career,’ he said.
  • Tomorrow begins with a nine o'clock class, so I hope I shan't disgrace myself, time-wise, there.
  • She didn't disgrace herself and managed to keep with them for much of the race only to fade slightly at the end.
bring shame on, shame, dishonor, discredit, bring into disrepute, degrade, debase, defame, stigmatize, taint, sully, tarnish, besmirch, stain, blacken, drag through the mud/mire
1.1 (be disgraced) Fall from favor or lose a position of power or honor: he has been publicly disgraced for offenses of which he was not guilty
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  • We see it regularly now when prominent figures fall foul of the law or when disgraced business leaders transgress the code and pay the price.
  • He was disgraced in 1999 after he tested positive for drugs at the Pan-American games.
  • Two disgraced employees recount how their lives were ruined when they stole from their employers.
discredit, dishonor, stigmatize;
humiliate, cause to lose face, chasten, humble, demean, put someone in their place, take down a peg or two, cut down to size


Mid 16th century (as a verb): via French from Italian disgrazia (noun), disgraziare (verb), from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin gratia 'grace'.

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Syllabification: dis·grace

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