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’
    • ‘The family guilty of such an omission would be held in disgrace and contempt pending the intervention of lineage or clan members.’
    • ‘Ruined, he died in disgrace in Paris in 1900, aged 46.’
    • ‘On various matters, they helped set the stage for the scandalous behavior of John and other high-fliers now 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.’
    • ‘Nine months later, he would resign from office in disgrace.’
    • ‘If this widespread corruption had occurred in any legitimate organization around the world, its CEO would have been ousted long ago, in disgrace.’
    • ‘She was eventually sent home early 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 failed a drugs test and was sent home in disgrace.’
    • ‘The men who had counselled the king in the 1630s were in prison, in exile, or in disgrace.’
    • ‘But the fugitives were captured at Varennes, and brought back to Paris 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.’
    • ‘A teen who acts out in school or is disrespectful can bring disgrace upon the family.’
    • ‘But dismissed in disgrace nearly 10 years ago, he is using his influence and contacts to make a return from exile.’
    • ‘It is usually only when an element of criminal dishonesty is involved that there follows a removal, in disgrace, from Westminster.’
    • ‘Surely she didn't want to end her career in disgrace.’
    • ‘Within three years of that jibe, a bribery scandal forced him to resign in disgrace.’
    • ‘And If he took your advice and retired in disgrace, who would you nominate as a replacement?’
    • ‘He was in disgrace in 1552 and degraded from the Garter, but restored to favour by Mary, whom he served as lord privy seal.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the defence minister, who had to quit in disgrace, was silently reinducted over protests from opposition and media.’
    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
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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’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Some of them, and I hasten to emphasise ‘some’ are a disgrace to what ought to be a noble profession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our media are a disgrace to the hallowed concept of freedom of the press.’
      • ‘The man is a disgrace to honest lawyers everywhere.’
      • ‘It is not a disgrace to care about what is really happening.’
      • ‘It was considered a disgrace to have a pauper's funeral, hence the need for a community hearse.’
      • ‘However, more people than you could ever dream of find you utterly abhorrent and a disgrace to this country.’
      • ‘The condition of dozens of buildings is also a disgrace to the town.’
      • ‘The magazine is a disgrace to our neighborhood, minorities or not, and is insulting to our intelligence. and the design is terrible.’
      • ‘Our exclusion is a scandal and a disgrace to the local Council.’
      • ‘I have always believed in fair play and in justice; and those sorts of shootings were a disgrace to any civilised community.’
      • ‘The verdict and trial were a disgrace to justice.’
      • ‘Your paper is a disgrace to the profession of journalism.’
      • ‘It is hateful, shameful and a disgrace to all when it is used unintelligently.’
      • ‘He's a disgrace to the game of football with his acrobatic carryings-on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You are a blight upon the human race and a disgrace to your profession.’
      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.’
    • ‘When we say we're afraid to exercise those liberties, we dishonor their sacrifice and we disgrace ourselves.’
    • ‘However, when Hero is shamed and disgraced, it is Antonio who vents his anger very loudly.’
    • ‘After managing not to disgrace myself, we headed out onto the track proper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately, I managed to restrain myself and not disgrace myself too much.’
    • ‘He had to leave the room so he didn't disgrace himself laughing.’
    • ‘In all likelihood, you will make it away from the table without disgracing yourself.’
    • ‘For this reason, the rebels are running the risk of disgracing themselves.’
    • ‘I hoped I wouldn't disgrace myself by screaming too loudly if it decided to run onto my arm instead.’
    • ‘Yet at the same time he couldn't stop himself from playing the vulgarian and disgracing himself.’
    • ‘And I agree entirely; if defence personnel do something to disgrace themselves then obviously they need to be punished for it.’
    • ‘But the players did not disgrace themselves, even if Rangers sought more goals.’
    • ‘I'm not going to disgrace myself here by revealing how many I can do right now.’
    • ‘I'd advise that, if we don't have the capacity to do it, we should forget about it instead of disgracing ourselves.’
    • ‘Yet, in 17 years, he did not do one thing to disgrace himself or his organization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    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 latest theory is that he was a gay, disgraced civil servant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have one for celebrities and disgraced politicians and criminals.’
      • ‘The last thing they want is some disgraced politician poking round their homes, violating their privacy.’
      • ‘He is joined by a host of other minor celebrities, including a pop star, a disgraced aristocrat and a topless model.’
      • ‘Allegations about the disgraced psychiatrist were first made more than two decades ago.’
      • ‘It is a shrine to the most disgraced president of the 20th century - and the worshippers have turned out in force today.’
      • ‘Since his language conveyed extreme admiration, he was instantly disgraced in the minds of most.’
      • ‘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 from the sport, and banned from it for life.’
      • ‘He was disgraced in 1999 after he tested positive for drugs at the Pan-American games.’
      • ‘Last week, the disgraced boxer claimed he was to star in a porn film.’
      • ‘But he was not disgraced and took fifth place which earned him a Diploma which he displayed proudly.’
      • ‘And chances are, the PM may have to leave the country a failed and disgraced leader like others before him.’
      • ‘Two disgraced employees recount how their lives were ruined when they stole from their employers.’
      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’.