One theory is as convincing as it is wicked: we gawk when the mighty fall because we take glee in their disgrace.
Public shaming triggers lots of great masculine plots, like disgrace and Sabbath's Theater.
The fight seemed to break up after the failed punch, and Bieber had to leave the restaurant in disgrace.
Why does no one mention this disgrace to New York City, and to the nation?
The whole affair, just like the persecution of Aaron Swartz, was a disgrace.
It will only be by your own disgrace that I shall have news of you.
Only, my dear, do not disgrace my report when you come to supper.
Yes, yes; but the disgrace of it if she should end her days there.
Does he believe, that the disgrace which I supper on his account, will give him a merit with me?
Oh, this disgrace is more shocking than all my other sufferings.
1550s, "disfigure," from Middle French disgracier (16c.), from Italian disgraziare, from disgrazia "misfortune, deformity," from dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + grazia "grace" (see grace). Meaning "bring shame upon" is from 1590s. Related: Disgraced; disgracing. The noun is 1580s, from Middle French disgrace (16c.).