ignominious

[ig-nuh-min-ee-uhs]
adjective
1.
marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat.
2.
bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ignōminiōsus. See ignominy, -ous

ignominiously, adverb
ignominiousness, noun
nonignominious, adjective
nonignominiously, adverb
nonignominiousness, noun
unignominious, adjective
unignominiously, adverb
unignominiousness, noun


1. degrading, disgraceful, dishonorable, shameful. 2. despicable, ignoble.
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ignominy (ˈɪɡnəˌmɪnɪ)
 
n , pl -minies
1.  disgrace or public shame; dishonour
2.  a cause of disgrace; a shameful act
 
[C16: from Latin ignōminia disgrace, from ig- (see in-²) + nōmen name, reputation]
 
igno'minious
 
adj
 
igno'miniously
 
adv
 
igno'miniousness
 
n

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ignominious
1520s, from M.Fr. ignominieux (14c.), from L. ignominiosus "disgraceful, shameful," from ignominia "loss of a (good) name," from in- "not" + nomen (gen. nominis) "name." Influenced by Old L. gnoscere "come to know."
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Example sentences
And always their second aim was to shell that opponent until he dropped his
  arms and took to ignominious flight.
But you have to be prepared to be portrayed as an ignominious heathen if you
  say so.
The sports landscape has been littered with ignominious moments from defunct
  leagues gone by.
They've fought bravely to liberate their country from this dictator, and he met
  an ignominious end yesterday.
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