1. the loss of respect, honor, or esteem; ignominy; shame: the disgrace of criminals.
  2. a person, act, or thing that causes shame, reproach, or dishonor or is dishonorable or shameful.
  3. the state of being out of favor; exclusion from favor, confidence, or trust: courtiers and ministers in disgrace.

verb (used with object), dis·graced, dis·grac·ing.

  1. to bring or reflect shame or reproach upon: to be disgraced by cowardice.
  2. to dismiss with discredit; put out of grace or favor; rebuke or humiliate: to be disgraced at court.


  1. a condition of shame, loss of reputation, or dishonour
  2. a shameful person, thing, or state of affairs
  3. exclusion from confidence or trusthe is in disgrace with his father

verb (tr)

  1. to bring shame upon; be a discredit to
  2. to treat or cause to be treated with disfavour

1550s, “disfigure,” from Middle French disgracier (16c.), from Italian disgraziare, from disgrazia “misfortune, deformity,” from dis- “opposite of” (see dis-) + grazia “grace” (see grace). Meaning “bring shame upon” is from 1590s. Related: Disgraced; disgracing. The noun is 1580s, from Middle French disgrace (16c.).

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