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From Middle French disgracier.



disgrace (countable and uncountable, plural disgraces)

  1. The condition of being out of favor; loss of favor, regard, or respect.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 3
      Macduff lives in disgrace.
  2. The state of being dishonored, or covered with shame
    Now she lives in disgrace.
    Synonyms: dishonor, shame, ignominy
  3. (countable) Something which brings dishonor; the cause of shame or reproach; great discredit
    • 1853, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave
      Practice and whipping were alike unavailing, and Epps, satisfied of it at last, swore I was a disgrace—that I was not fit to associate with a cotton-picking "nigger"—that I could not pick enough in a day to pay the trouble of weighing it,
    His behaviour at the party was a total disgrace! He was leeching on all the ladies, and insulting the men
  4. (obsolete) An act of unkindness; a disfavor.
    • 1884, Francis Bacon, Of Ambition
      the interchange continually of favours and disgraces


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disgrace (third-person singular simple present disgraces, present participle disgracing, simple past and past participle disgraced)

  1. To disrespect another; to put someone out of favor.


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