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disgrace

Synonyms of disgrace in English:

noun

  • 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;
    humiliation, embarrassment, loss of face;
    Australian strife
    [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;
    stigma, brand;
    informal crime, sin
    literary smirch on
    [Antonyms] credit
  • Phrases

    in disgrace

    1
    [Antonyms] in favour
    out of favour, unpopular, in bad odour
    informal in someone's bad/black books, in the doghouse
    New Zealand informal in the dogbox

    verb

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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
    literary smirch, besmear
    archaic spot
    [Antonyms] honour, do credit to
  • 2 he has been publicly disgraced for offences of which he was not guilty
    discredit, dishonour, defame, disparage, stigmatize, reproach, censure, blame;
    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
    [Antonyms] honour
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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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