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English noun: disgrace

1. disgrace (state) a state of dishonor

SamplesOne mistake brought shame to all his family.
Suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison.

Synonymsignominy, shame

Broader (hypernym)dishonor, dishonour

Narrower (hyponym)humiliation, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach

English verb: disgrace

1. disgrace (social) bring shame or dishonor upon

SamplesHe dishonored his family by committing a serious crime.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to disgrace Sue

Synonymsattaint, dishonor, dishonour, shame

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Narrower (hyponym)befoul, defile, foul, maculate

Antonymshonor, honour, reward

2. disgrace (emotion) reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

SamplesShe tends to put down younger women colleagues.
His critics took him down after the lecture.

Synonymsdegrade, demean, put down, take down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
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Broader (hypernym)abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify

Narrower (hyponym)dehumanise, dehumanize, reduce

3. disgrace (communication) damage the reputation of

SamplesThis newspaper story discredits the politicians.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
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Broader (hypernym)belittle, disparage, pick at

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