disgrace

Use the verb disgrace to say that someone has brought shame upon himself. Your brother might disgrace himself at the family reunion by being rude to your Uncle Bob.

You probably notice that grace makes up a big part of disgrace. Combine this with the dis- prefix, meaning “the opposite of,” and you get a word that involves shame and dishonor. Think of disgrace as a kind of fall from grace — it’s what happens when you do something that causes you to lose favor or damages your reputation. You could disgrace yourself by losing your tennis match badly, or you could disgrace yourself by cheating on an exam.

Definitions of disgrace
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n a state of dishonor

Synonyms:
ignominy, shame
Types:
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humiliation
state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
obloquy, opprobrium
state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
odium
state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
reproach
disgrace or shame
abasement, abjection, degradation
a low or downcast state
Type of:
dishonor, dishonour
a state of shame or disgrace

v bring shame or dishonor upon

Synonyms:
attaint, dishonor, dishonour, shame
Antonyms:
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon
Types:
befoul, defile, foul, maculate
spot, stain, or pollute

v damage the reputation of

Synonyms:
discredit
Type of:
belittle, disparage, pick at
express a negative opinion of

v reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

Synonyms:
degrade, demean, put down, take down
Types:
reduce
lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
dehumanise, dehumanize
deprive of human qualities
Type of:
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

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