disgrace
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /dɪsˈɡɹeɪs/, /dɪzˈɡɹeɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /dɪsˈɡɹeɪs/
Noun

disgrace

  1. The condition#Noun|condition of being out of favor; loss of favor#Noun|favor, regard#Noun|regard, or respect#Noun|respect.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene vi], page 143 ↗:
      I heare / Macduffe liues in diſgrace. Sir, can you tell / Where he beſtowes himſelfe?
  2. The state#Noun|state of being dishonor#Verb|dishonored, or cover#Verb|covered with shame#Noun|shame.
    Synonyms: dishonor, ignominy
    Now she lives in disgrace.
  3. (countable) Something which brings dishonor#Noun|dishonor; the cause#Noun|cause of reproach#Noun|reproach or shame; great discredit#Noun|discredit.
    His behaviour at the party was a total disgrace! He was leeching on all the ladies, and insulting the men.
    • 1853, Solomon Northup, chapter XIII, in [David Wilson], editor, Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northrup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana, London: Sampson Low, Son & Co.; Auburn, N.Y.: Derby and Miller, OCLC 14877269 ↗, page 179 ↗:
      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, and that I should go into the cotton field no more.
  4. (obsolete) An act#Noun|act of unkindness; a disfavor.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, “Of Ambition. XXXVI.”, in The Essayes or Covncils, Civill and Moral, […] Newly Written, London: Printed by Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, OCLC 863521290 ↗; newly enlarged edition, London: Printed by Iohn Haviland, […], 1632, OCLC 863527675 ↗, 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 (disgraces, present participle disgracing; past and past participle disgraced)

  1. (transitive) To put someone out of favor; to bring shame or ignominy upon.
Translations
  • Italian: disonorare
  • Russian: позо́рить
  • Spanish: deshonrar



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