Anything disgraceful is shameful or shocking. No matter how angry you are at your younger sister, it would be disgraceful to destroy the Lego creation she painstakingly built.

The adjective disgraceful is good for describing completely unacceptable behavior — if you do something disgraceful, you should feel ashamed about it. The internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II was a disgraceful episode in U.S. history. The word comes from the verb disgrace, "bring shame or reproach upon" or "a loss of grace."

Definitions of disgraceful
  1. adjective
    (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    synonyms: black, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
  2. adjective
    giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation
    synonyms: scandalous, shameful, shocking
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
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