See also: disgrâce
- The condition of being out of favor; loss of favor, regard, or respect.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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 14877269, 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 […], London: […] Iohn Haviland […], published 1632, OCLC 863527675, 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
- (transitive) To put someone out of favor; to bring shame or ignominy upon.
bring shame upon