Definition of disgrace in English:


Line breaks: dis|grace
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈgreɪs


[mass noun]
  • 1Loss of reputation or respect as the result of a dishonourable 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.
    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 strifeout of favour, unpopular, in bad odour
    informal in someone's bad/black books, in the doghouse
    New Zealand informal in the dogbox
  • 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, source of shame; discredit, reproach, affront, insult; bad reflection on, stain on, blemish on, blot on, blot on the escutcheon of, black mark on; stigma, brand; black sheep
    informal crime, sin
    literary smirch on


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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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