• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disgraceful (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson","an ignominious retreat","inglorious defeat","an opprobrious monument to human greed","a shameful display of cowardice"
    • adj disgraceful giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation "scandalous behavior","the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray","the most shocking book of its time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Disgraceful Bringing disgrace; causing shame; shameful; dishonorable; unbecoming; as, profaneness is disgraceful to a man. "The Senate have cast you forth disgracefully ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disgraceful Partaking of disgrace; shameful; dishonorable; disreputable; bringing or deserving shame.
    • disgraceful Synonyms Discreditable, ignominious, scandalous, base, vile, opprobrious, infamous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Disgraceful bringing disgrace: causing shame: dishonourable
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  • John Ruskin
    “The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “The person is a poor judge who by an action can be disgraced more in failing than they can be honored in succeeding.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “It is no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. dis, neg., and gratia, favour, grace.


In literature:

Then comes Sauptika describing incidents disgraceful (to the honour of the Kurus).
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Surely, he that is not dead, never suffereth a wicked wretch that hath disgraced his wife, to live.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
She could go before God's altar with him without disgracing herself with a lie.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Oh, it is a disgrace, a disgrace!
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
I'm not afraid of you, nor of anything, but to die a disgraceful death through his means, as I must do.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Are you goin' to disgrace your name?
"The Dead Boxer The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
Defeat and disgrace accompanied his march.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
The disgrace was keenly felt, and was ultimately revenged upon the prince who had contrived it.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson
The eagles were fine, but rather disgraced themselves.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Will you let him just go away into obscurity, without further disgrace?
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay

In poetry:

The wind has thrown
The boldest of trees down.
Now disgraced it lies,
Naked in spring beneath the drifting skies,
Naked and still.
"Ten o'Clock No More" by John Freeman
"RETURN, return, my hapless spouse,
Nor seek the fatal place,
Where thoughtless crowds expecting stand
To see thy child's disgrace.
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler
Thus over the lily they wrangled,
Making the beautiful base,
Till its purity seemed all mangled,
And its gracefulness half disgrace.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
He in the school was first in fame:
Said he, "It does to me appear
To be a great disgrace and shame
A black should be admitted here."
"Conquest Of Prejudice" by Charles Lamb
Then, dost thou come of gentle blood,
Disgrace not thy good company;
If lowly born, so bear thyself
That gentle blood may come of thee.
"The Nobly Born" by James Russell Lowell
Thus on the mournful pair advanc'd,
And reach'd the fatal place,
Where thoughtless crowds were gather'd round
To see their child's disgrace:
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler

In news:

Marcy, NY (WIBX) – Former disgraced State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was released from the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy today.
Imprisoned ex-New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi will be home for the holidays, as the disgraced official is set to be released on parole after serving 19 months behind bars, officials said Thursday.
In fact it is a disgrace.
Disgraced CIA director due to testify before Congress .
The former police chief of Bell, Calif, Randy Adams, had resigned in disgrace after prosecutors charged eight other city officials with looting the municipal budget.
Reporter's notebook: Disgraced judge's counsel borrows from infamous presidential contender's lawyer.
Lance Armstrong's lawyer said the disgraced cyclist might take a lie detector test to prove he is innocent of doping allegations – but admitted few people would believe the results if they showed he was being truthful.
Even the cancer charity he founded â€" once called the Lance Armstrong Foundation â€" has officially changed its name to Livestrong, just the latest step the organization has taken to distance itself from the disgraced cyclist .
I also agree that this may be a tipping point in Krugman's disgraceful career as a columnist.
That's a lot of disgrace for one sushi table.
For DC Baseball Team, Deluge of Phillies Fans Is National Disgrace.
I needed to voice just how disgraceful it is that our state's veterans are treated this way and more people need to speak up.
Identical life sentence for disgraced ex-sheriff.
Disgraced Armstrong asked to return Tour de France prize money.
Disgraced junior hockey coach Graham James is eligible to apply for full parole, but has not yet made a request THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Andrich.

In science:

Ordered by the sixth Fatimid caliph, al-Hakim, to carry out this operation, he quickly perceived the insanity of what he was attempting to do, and retired in disgrace.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Ill-treated as PWDs are an economic burden and a social disgrace.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
The caretakers are also depressed and dejected for having the PWDs as their children. Caretakers have no mind to spend on PWDs. They are ill treated as PWDs are a economic burden and a social disgrace. So caretakers never take any steps to make them get any form of vocations training.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)