Definition of disgrace in English:



  • 1Loss of reputation or respect as the result of a dishonorable action.

    ‘he left the army in disgrace’
    ‘if he'd gone back it would have brought disgrace on the family’
    • ‘Surely she didn't want to end her career in disgrace.’
    • ‘She was eventually sent home early 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.’
    • ‘On various matters, they helped set the stage for the scandalous behavior of John and other high-fliers now in disgrace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And If he took your advice and retired in disgrace, who would you nominate as a replacement?’
    • ‘On the other hand, the defence minister, who had to quit in disgrace, was silently reinducted over protests from opposition and media.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 men who had counselled the king in the 1630s were in prison, in exile, or in disgrace.’
    • ‘A teen who acts out in school or is disrespectful can bring disgrace upon the family.’
    • ‘But the fugitives were captured at Varennes, and brought back to Paris 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.’
    • ‘Nine months later, he would resign from office in disgrace.’
    • ‘But dismissed in disgrace nearly 10 years ago, he is using his influence and contacts to make a return from exile.’
    • ‘If this widespread corruption had occurred in any legitimate organization around the world, its CEO would have been ousted long ago, in disgrace.’
    • ‘Ruined, he died in disgrace in Paris in 1900, aged 46.’
    • ‘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
    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’
      • ‘The man is a disgrace to honest lawyers everywhere.’
      • ‘The verdict and trial were a disgrace to justice.’
      • ‘You are a blight upon the human race and a disgrace to your profession.’
      • ‘However, more people than you could ever dream of find you utterly abhorrent and a disgrace to this country.’
      • ‘I have always believed in fair play and in justice; and those sorts of shootings were a disgrace to any civilised community.’
      • ‘It was considered a disgrace to have a pauper's funeral, hence the need for a community hearse.’
      • ‘Our media are a disgrace to the hallowed concept of freedom of the press.’
      • ‘To treat my aunt in this way is a disgrace to her memory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Your paper is a disgrace to the profession of journalism.’
      • ‘Some of them, and I hasten to emphasise ‘some’ are a disgrace to what ought to be a noble profession.’
      • ‘Our exclusion is a scandal and a disgrace to the local Council.’
      • ‘‘You are both a disgrace to your regiments and your country due to your loutish behaviour,’ he said.’
      • ‘He's a disgrace to the game of football with his acrobatic carryings-on.’
      • ‘The magazine is a disgrace to our neighborhood, minorities or not, and is insulting to our intelligence. and the design is terrible.’
      • ‘You are a disgrace to the House of Representatives.’
      • ‘It is not a disgrace to care about what is really happening.’
      • ‘The condition of dozens of buildings is also a disgrace to the town.’
      • ‘It is hateful, shameful and a disgrace to all when it is used unintelligently.’
      • ‘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.’
      scandal, outrage, source of shame
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  • 1Bring shame or discredit on (someone or something)

    ‘you have disgraced the family name’
    ‘John stiffened his jaw so he wouldn't disgrace himself by crying’
    • ‘She didn't disgrace herself and managed to keep with them for much of the race only to fade slightly at the end.’
    • ‘He had to leave the room so he didn't disgrace himself laughing.’
    • ‘After managing not to disgrace myself, we headed out onto the track proper.’
    • ‘I'd advise that, if we don't have the capacity to do it, we should forget about it instead of disgracing ourselves.’
    • ‘But the players did not disgrace themselves, even if Rangers sought more goals.’
    • ‘For this reason, the rebels are running the risk of disgracing themselves.’
    • ‘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 do not intend to disgrace myself at the end of my career,’ he said.’
    • ‘I hoped I wouldn't disgrace myself by screaming too loudly if it decided to run onto my arm instead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we say we're afraid to exercise those liberties, we dishonor their sacrifice and we disgrace ourselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I agree entirely; if defence personnel do something to disgrace themselves then obviously they need to be punished for it.’
    • ‘However, when Hero is shamed and disgraced, it is Antonio who vents his anger very loudly.’
    • ‘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. 1.1be disgraced Fall from favor or lose a position of power or honor.
      ‘he has been publicly disgraced for offenses of which he was not guilty’
      • ‘The last thing they want is some disgraced politician poking round their homes, violating their privacy.’
      • ‘And chances are, the PM may have to leave the country a failed and disgraced leader like others before him.’
      • ‘He was disgraced from the sport, and banned from it for life.’
      • ‘Allegations about the disgraced psychiatrist were first made more than two decades ago.’
      • ‘He is joined by a host of other minor celebrities, including a pop star, a disgraced aristocrat and a topless model.’
      • ‘It is a shrine to the most disgraced president of the 20th century - and the worshippers have turned out in force today.’
      • ‘We have one for celebrities and disgraced politicians and criminals.’
      • ‘Last week, the disgraced boxer claimed he was to star in a porn film.’
      • ‘The latest theory is that he was a gay, disgraced civil servant.’
      • ‘But he was not disgraced and took fifth place which earned him a Diploma which he displayed proudly.’
      • ‘He was disgraced in 1999 after he tested positive for drugs at the Pan-American games.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two disgraced employees recount how their lives were ruined when they stole from their employers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since his language conveyed extreme admiration, he was instantly disgraced in the minds of most.’
      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’.