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
  1. noun
    a state of dishonor
    synonyms: ignominy, shame
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    state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
    obloquy, opprobrium
    state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
    state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
    disgrace or shame
    abasement, abjection, degradation
    a low or downcast state
    type of:
    dishonor, dishonour
    a state of shame or disgrace
  2. verb
    bring shame or dishonor upon
    synonyms: attaint, dishonor, dishonour, shame
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    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    befoul, defile, foul, maculate
    spot, stain, or pollute
  3. verb
    damage the reputation of
    synonyms: discredit
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    belittle, disparage, pick at
    express a negative opinion of
  4. verb
    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    synonyms: degrade, demean, put down, take down
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    lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    dehumanise, dehumanize
    deprive of human qualities
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    abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
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