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[dis-greys-fuh l] /dɪsˈgreɪs fəl/
bringing or deserving disgrace; shameful; dishonorable; disreputable.
Origin of disgraceful
1585-95; disgrace + -ful
Related forms
disgracefully, adverb
disgracefulness, noun Unabridged
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  • And presently, when it seemed nearly dark except for the stars, a disgraceful thing happened.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • English history presents no period so disgraceful as the Restoration.

  • I need only summarise here the rapid and disgraceful succession of events in Spain.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • The rudeness of your whole behaviour this evening has been disgraceful.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The temptation to ply a disgraceful profession with the object of extorting money would be removed.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for disgraceful


shameful; scandalous
Derived Forms
disgracefully, adverb
disgracefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disgraceful

1590s, "graceless," opposite of graceful; see dis- + graceful. Meaning "full of disgrace" (1590s) is from disgrace + -ful. Related: Disgracefully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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