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[ig-nuh-min-ee-uh s] /ˌɪg nəˈmɪn i əs/
marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating:
an ignominious retreat.
bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.
Origin of ignominious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ignōminiōsus. See ignominy, -ous
Related forms
ignominiously, adverb
ignominiousness, noun
nonignominious, adjective
nonignominiously, adverb
nonignominiousness, noun
unignominious, adjective
unignominiously, adverb
unignominiousness, noun
1. degrading, disgraceful, dishonorable, shameful. 2. despicable, ignoble. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • He pointed out the essentially dishonorable nature of the job and the ignominious and inevitable fate if he got caught.
  • They tried to dissuade me in such ignominious ways, economically and administratively.
Word Origin and History for ignominious

early 15c., from Middle French ignominieux (14c.) or directly from Latin ignominiosus "disgraceful, shameful," from ignominia "loss of a (good) name," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + nomen (genitive nominis) "name" (see name). Influenced by Old Latin gnoscere "come to know." Related: Ignominiously; ignominiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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