Definition of disgrace in English:



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’
    • ‘If this widespread corruption had occurred in any legitimate organization around the world, its CEO would have been ousted long ago, in disgrace.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the defence minister, who had to quit in disgrace, was silently reinducted over protests from opposition and media.’
    • ‘It is usually only when an element of criminal dishonesty is involved that there follows a removal, in disgrace, from Westminster.’
    • ‘Ruined, he died in disgrace in Paris in 1900, aged 46.’
    • ‘But dismissed in disgrace nearly 10 years ago, he is using his influence and contacts to make a return from exile.’
    • ‘On various matters, they helped set the stage for the scandalous behavior of John and other high-fliers now in disgrace.’
    • ‘But the fugitives were captured at Varennes, and brought back to Paris in disgrace.’
    • ‘Congregations across all 15 churches he ran were stunned when a letter was read out simultaneously by officials informing them he had quit his post in disgrace as a result of his affair.’
    • ‘And If he took your advice and retired in disgrace, who would you nominate as a replacement?’
    • ‘The family guilty of such an omission would be held in disgrace and contempt pending the intervention of lineage or clan members.’
    • ‘Nine months later, he would resign from office in disgrace.’
    • ‘But a few months later, he was back, contesting the by-election held to find a new member to fill the seat he had vacated in disgrace.’
    • ‘The Premier league step in and move the guilty club from the top of the league to bottom, and impose a fine of £180,000, prompting the chairman and directors to resign in disgrace.’
    • ‘He was in disgrace in 1552 and degraded from the Garter, but restored to favour by Mary, whom he served as lord privy seal.’
    • ‘She was eventually sent home early in disgrace.’
    • ‘A teen who acts out in school or is disrespectful can bring disgrace upon the family.’
    • ‘The men who had counselled the king in the 1630s were in prison, in exile, or in disgrace.’
    • ‘He failed a drugs test and was sent home in disgrace.’
    • ‘Within three years of that jibe, a bribery scandal forced him to resign in disgrace.’
    • ‘Surely she didn't want to end her career in disgrace.’
    dishonour, shame, ignominy, discredit, degradation, disrepute, ill-repute, infamy, scandal, stigma, odium, opprobrium, obloquy, condemnation, vilification, contempt, disrespect, disapproval, disfavour, disapprobation
    in disgrace, unpopular, in bad odour
    out of favour, unpopular, in bad odour
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    1. 1.1in singular A person or thing regarded as shameful and unacceptable.
      ‘he's a disgrace to the legal profession’
      • ‘It was considered a disgrace to have a pauper's funeral, hence the need for a community hearse.’
      • ‘The verdict and trial were a disgrace to justice.’
      • ‘It is hateful, shameful and a disgrace to all when it is used unintelligently.’
      • ‘The man is a disgrace to honest lawyers everywhere.’
      • ‘I have always believed in fair play and in justice; and those sorts of shootings were a disgrace to any civilised community.’
      • ‘To treat my aunt in this way is a disgrace to her memory.’
      • ‘If the rumours are true, then it will be twice the size it is now, and that really would be a disgrace to the countryside.’
      • ‘Some of them, and I hasten to emphasise ‘some’ are a disgrace to what ought to be a noble profession.’
      • ‘Your paper is a disgrace to the profession of journalism.’
      • ‘Our exclusion is a scandal and a disgrace to the local Council.’
      • ‘It is not a disgrace to care about what is really happening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, more people than you could ever dream of find you utterly abhorrent and a disgrace to this country.’
      • ‘Our media are a disgrace to the hallowed concept of freedom of the press.’
      • ‘He's a disgrace to the game of football with his acrobatic carryings-on.’
      • ‘You are a blight upon the human race and a disgrace to your profession.’
      • ‘‘You are both a disgrace to your regiments and your country due to your loutish behaviour,’ he said.’
      • ‘You are a disgrace to the House of Representatives.’
      • ‘The magazine is a disgrace to our neighborhood, minorities or not, and is insulting to our intelligence. and the design is terrible.’
      • ‘The condition of dozens of buildings is also a disgrace to the town.’
      scandal, outrage, source of shame
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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 crying’
    • ‘Fortunately, I managed to restrain myself and not disgrace myself too much.’
    • ‘Yet, in 17 years, he did not do one thing to disgrace himself or his organization.’
    • ‘I hoped I wouldn't disgrace myself by screaming too loudly if it decided to run onto my arm instead.’
    • ‘For this reason, the rebels are running the risk of disgracing themselves.’
    • ‘And I agree entirely; if defence personnel do something to disgrace themselves then obviously they need to be punished for it.’
    • ‘She didn't disgrace herself and managed to keep with them for much of the race only to fade slightly at the end.’
    • ‘In all likelihood, you will make it away from the table without disgracing yourself.’
    • ‘I'm not going to disgrace myself here by revealing how many I can do right now.’
    • ‘However, when Hero is shamed and disgraced, it is Antonio who vents his anger very loudly.’
    • ‘When we say we're afraid to exercise those liberties, we dishonor their sacrifice and we disgrace ourselves.’
    • ‘He had to leave the room so he didn't disgrace himself laughing.’
    • ‘Yet at the same time he couldn't stop himself from playing the vulgarian and disgracing himself.’
    • ‘I didn't disgrace myself with a comment like, ‘I figured as much,’ but instead stared at her with an interested look planted on my face.’
    • ‘After managing not to disgrace myself, we headed out onto the track proper.’
    • ‘I think it is disgraceful boys can wear their uniform but the school will not do anything about them disgracing it to and from school.’
    • ‘Tomorrow begins with a nine o'clock class, so I hope I shan't disgrace myself, time-wise, there.’
    • ‘I'd advise that, if we don't have the capacity to do it, we should forget about it instead of disgracing ourselves.’
    • ‘‘I do not intend to disgrace myself at the end of my career,’ he said.’
    • ‘But the players did not disgrace themselves, even if Rangers sought more goals.’
    • ‘In any other part of the world, such a coach would not even dare to return to the country that he has so disgraced and discredited.’
    bring shame on, shame, dishonour, discredit, bring into disrepute, degrade, debase, defame, stigmatize, taint, sully, tarnish, besmirch, stain, blacken, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, give a bad name to, put in a bad light, reflect badly on
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    1. 1.1 Cause (someone) to fall from favour or a position of power or honour.
      ‘he has been publicly disgraced for offences for which he was not guilty’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two disgraced employees recount how their lives were ruined when they stole from their employers.’
      • ‘Last week, the disgraced boxer claimed he was to star in a porn film.’
      • ‘He is joined by a host of other minor celebrities, including a pop star, a disgraced aristocrat and a topless model.’
      • ‘We have one for celebrities and disgraced politicians and criminals.’
      • ‘It is a shrine to the most disgraced president of the 20th century - and the worshippers have turned out in force today.’
      • ‘But he was not disgraced and took fifth place which earned him a Diploma which he displayed proudly.’
      • ‘He was the only man to go on two rebel tours and is, I think, as a result the most disgraced cricketer of his generation.’
      • ‘Since his language conveyed extreme admiration, he was instantly disgraced in the minds of most.’
      • ‘The last thing they want is some disgraced politician poking round their homes, violating their privacy.’
      • ‘The latest theory is that he was a gay, disgraced civil servant.’
      • ‘He was disgraced from the sport, and banned from it for life.’
      • ‘And chances are, the PM may have to leave the country a failed and disgraced leader like others before him.’
      • ‘He was disgraced in 1999 after he tested positive for drugs at the Pan-American games.’
      • ‘Allegations about the disgraced psychiatrist were first made more than two decades ago.’
      discredited, shamed, humiliated, in disgrace, under a cloud, brought into disrepute
      discredit, dishonour, defame, disparage, stigmatize, reproach, censure, blame
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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’.