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Definition of disgrace noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the loss of other people's respect and approval because of the bad way someone has behaved synonym shame Her behavior has brought disgrace on her family. The swimmer was sent home from the Olympics in disgrace. There is no disgrace in being poor. Sam was in disgrace with his parents.
  2. 2[singular] a disgrace (to somebody/something) a person or thing that is so bad that people connected with them or it feel or should feel ashamed Your homework is an absolute disgrace. That sort of behavior is a disgrace to the legal profession. The state of our roads is a national disgrace. It's a disgrace that (= it is very wrong that) they are paid so little.
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