- 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 familyMore example sentences
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 doghouseNew Zealand • informal in the dogbox
- 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.
- 1.1 [in singular] A person or thing regarded as shameful and unacceptable: he’s a disgrace to the legal professionMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Bring shame or discredit on: you have disgraced the family name John stiffened his jaw so he wouldn’t disgrace himself by cryingMore example sentences
- ‘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.
- 1.1Cause (someone) to fall from favour or a position of power or honour: he has been publicly disgraced for offences for which he was not guiltyMore example sentences
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 upNorth American • informal make someone eat crowUS • informal owndiscredited, shamed, humiliated, in disgrace, under a cloud, brought into disrepute
- 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.
mid 16th century (as a verb): via French from Italian disgrazia (noun), disgraziare (verb), from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin gratia 'grace'.