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From Middle French disgracier.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈɡɹeɪs/, /dɪzˈɡɹeɪs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪsˈɡɹeɪs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪs


disgrace (countable and uncountable, plural disgraces)

  1. The condition of being out of favor; loss of favor, regard, or respect.
  2. The state of being dishonored, or covered with shame.
    Synonyms: dishonor, ignominy
    Now she lives in disgrace.
  3. (countable) Something which brings dishonor; the cause of reproach or shame; great discredit.
    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.
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Ambition. XXXVI.”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, →OCLC, page 221:
      As for the pulling of them [ambitious men] downe, if the Affaires require it, and that it may not be done with ſafety ſuddainly, the onely Way is, the Enterchange, continually of Fauours, and Diſgraces, whereby they may not know, what to expect; And be, as it were, in a Wood.


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

  1. (transitive) To put someone out of favor; to bring shame or ignominy upon.


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