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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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  • She too lived in the ignominious position of an upper servant hated by the master above and the class beneath.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • He pleasantly promises the ignominious death of your chief friends.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • To hunt them out of their native lairs and bind them to arduous and ignominious servitude was hardly to be thought of.

    The Planters of Colonial Virginia Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • But of all these numerous occasions the most ignominious was shortly after the affair with the Grizzly.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • Peter Blood was sold to Colonel Bishop—a disdainful buyer—for the ignominious sum of ten pounds.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
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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