Synonyms of disgrace in English:
1 if he'd married her it would have brought disgrace on the family
dishonour, shame, ignominy, discredit, degradation, disrepute, ill-repute, infamy, scandal, stigma, odium, opprobrium, obloquy, condemnation, vilification, contempt, disrespect, disapproval, disfavour, disapprobation;
[Antonyms] honour, glory
2 the unemployment figures are a disgrace the system is a disgrace to British justice
scandal, outrage, source of shame;
bad reflection on, stain on, blemish on, blot on, blot on the escutcheon of, black mark on;
informal crime, sin
literary smirch on
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1 you have disgraced the family name
bring shame on, shame, dishonour, discredit, bring into disrepute, degrade, debase, defame, stigmatize, taint, sully, tarnish, besmirch, stain, blacken, drag through the mud/mire, give a bad name to, put in a bad light, reflect badly on
[Antonyms] honour, do credit to
2 he has been publicly disgraced for offences of which he was not guilty
humiliate, mortify, embarrass, cause to lose face, chasten, humble, demean, put someone in their place, take down a peg or two, cut down to size, show up
North American informal make someone eat crow
US informal own
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disgrace, dishonour, shame, ignominy
A person in disgrace has incurred general disapproval as a result of behaviour considered to be unacceptable ( Nixon had resigned in disgrace). There is a suggestion of outrage and scandal. A person or thing can also be described as a disgrace, meaning that they deserve disapproval or condemnation ( you're an absolute disgrace | what went on at Westminster on Wednesday was a disgrace to Parliament).Dishonour is a less common word, perhaps because the notion of honour that it involves has itself become unfashionable. Typically it denotes a situation in which someone is considered to have behaved in a cowardly or dishonest way ( feelings which induce a man to prefer death to dishonour).Shame is frequently used in the same context as guilt, embarrassment, and humiliation. While a person who is in disgrace is disapproved of, someone who suffers shame feels intense distress as a result of this disapproval and their awareness of having done wrong ( she hung her head in shame). Shame also describes a loss of respect in the eyes of other people ( the incident brought shame on his family). A state of affairs seen as regrettable or unfortunate can be called a shame ( it is just a shame we don't treat our fellow human beings so well | what a shame Ellie won't be here to meet you).Ignominy is a literary word deriving from a Latin expression for the loss of one's ‘good name’. It denotes great public humiliation ( he was not spared the ignominy of a public trial).
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