disgraces, disgracing, disgraced
1) N-UNCOUNT: oft in N (emphasis) If you say that someone is in disgrace, you are emphasizing that other people disapprove of them and do not respect them because of something that they have done.

His vice president also had to resign in disgrace...

She has brought disgrace upon womankind.

2) N-SING: a N (emphasis) If you say that something is a disgrace, you are emphasizing that it is very bad or wrong, and that you find it completely unacceptable.

The way the sales were handled was a complete disgrace...

The national airline is a disgrace.

3) N-SING: a N, usu N to n (emphasis) You say that someone is a disgrace to someone else when you want to emphasize that their behaviour causes the other person to feel ashamed.

Republican leaders called him a disgrace to the party...

What went on was a scandal. It was a disgrace to Britain.

4) VERB (emphasis) If you say that someone disgraces someone else, you are emphasizing that their behaviour causes the other person to feel ashamed.

[V n] I have disgraced my family's name...

[V pron-refl] I've disgraced myself by the actions I've taken.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • disgrâce — DISGRÂCE. s. f. Perte, privation des bonnes grâces d une personne puissante. On ne sait d où vient sa disgrâce, la cause, le sujet de sa disgrâce. Tomber en disgrâce. Encourir la disgrâce du Prin ce. Durant sa disgrâce. f♛/b] Il signifie aussi,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • Disgrace — Disgrâce (roman) Disgrâce Auteur John Maxwell Coetzee Genre Roman Version originale Titre original Disgrace Éditeur original Secker Warburg Langue originale Anglai …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Disgrace — Dis*grace , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disgraced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disgracing}.] [Cf. F. disgracier. See {Disgrace}, n.] 1. To put out of favor; to dismiss with dishonor. [1913 Webster] Flatterers of the disgraced minister. Macaulay. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disgrace — Dis*grace (?; 277), n. [F. disgr[^a]ce; pref. dis (L. dis ) + gr[^a]ce. See {Grace}.] 1. The condition of being out of favor; loss of favor, regard, or respect. [1913 Webster] Macduff lives in disgrace. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • disgrace — Disgrace, f. penac. Est de prononciation Italienne. Le François devroit dire Desgrace, tout ainsi qu il dit Desfaveur, Deshonneur, Destruire, et tels autres que l Italien escrit et prononce Disfavore, Dishonore, Distruggere, Et l Espagnol… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • disgrace — [dis grās′] n. [Fr disgrâce < It disgrazia < dis (L dis ), not + grazia, favor < L gratia: see GRACE] 1. the state of being in disfavor, as because of bad conduct 2. loss of favor or respect; public dishonor; ignominy; disrepute; shame 3 …   English World dictionary

  • disgrace — (v.) 1550s, disfigure, from M.Fr. disgracier (16c.), from It. disgraziare, from disgrazia misfortune, deformity, from dis opposite of (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + grazia grace (see GRACE (Cf. grace)). Meaning bring shame upon is from …   Etymology dictionary

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