See also: disgrâce
From Middle French disgracier.
disgrace (countable and uncountable, plural disgraces)
- The condition of being out of favor; loss of favor, regard, or respect.
- c. 1606 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene vi], page 143:
- I heare / Macduffe liues in diſgrace. Sir, can you tell / Where he beſtowes himſelfe?
- The state of being dishonored, or covered with shame.
- (countable) Something which brings dishonor; the cause of reproach or shame; great discredit.
- His behaviour at the party was a total disgrace! He was leeching on all the ladies, and insulting the men.
- 1853, Solomon Northup, chapter XIII, in [David Wilson], editor, Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northrup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana, London: Sampson Low, Son & Co.; Auburn, N.Y.: Derby and Miller, →OCLC, page 179:
- Practice and whipping were alike unavailing, and Epps, satisfied of it at last, swore I was a disgrace—that I was not fit to associate with a cotton-picking "nigger"—that I could not pick enough in a day to pay the trouble of weighing it, and that I should go into the cotton field no more.
- (obsolete) An act of unkindness; a disfavor.
- 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Ambition. XXXVI.”, in The Essayes […], 3rd edition, London: […] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, →OCLC, page 221:
- As for the pulling of them [ambitious men] downe, if the Affaires require it, and that it may not be done with ſafety ſuddainly, the onely Way is, the Enterchange, continually of Fauours, and Diſgraces, whereby they may not know, what to expect; And be, as it were, in a Wood.
- misgrace (far less common)
condition of being out of favor
state of being dishonored
that which brings dishonor
disgrace (third-person singular simple present disgraces, present participle disgracing, simple past and past participle disgraced)
- (transitive) To put someone out of favor; to bring shame or ignominy upon.
bring shame upon
- disgrace in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- disgrace in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911