Definition of disgrace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪsˈɡreɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈɡreɪs//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the loss of other people’s respect and approval because of the bad way somebody has behaved synonym shame Her behaviour 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 behaviour 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.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a verb): via French from Italian disgrazia (noun), disgraziare (verb), from dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin gratia ‘grace’.Extra examples His crime had brought disgrace upon his whole family. She was sent home from the Olympics in disgrace. The filthy streets are a disgrace to the town. The state of our hospitals is a national disgrace. Their father fell into disgrace and lost his business. There’s no disgrace in being poor. This room is an absolute disgrace! He’s in disgrace for having left his room in a mess. It’s a disgrace that they are paid so little.
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