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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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  • The result is a disgraceful pool of highly educated, underemployed or unemployed perpetual trainees.
  • The bottom line is that this proposal is disgraceful and uniquely pandering.
  • Mental illness is as real as diabetes, arthritis or any other disease, and no more disgraceful.
  • The twelve delegates wasted an hour in excited debate full of disgraceful personalities.
  • No consumer should be forced to pay illegal fees, but it is particularly disgraceful to impose such schemes on our veterans.
British Dictionary definitions for disgraceful


shameful; scandalous
Derived Forms
disgracefully, adverb
disgracefulness, noun
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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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