Definition of disgrace in English:

disgrace

Line breaks: dis|grace
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈgreɪs
 
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noun

[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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    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

verb

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Origin

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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