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
One may thereby have made a brilliant discovery or one may have gone
  ignominiously astray.
They are ignominiously nicknamed bug-hunters, and are regarded as a species of
  lunatic at large.
He had to depart ignominiously without being granted an audience.
He had to leave ignominiously from a side door-an end to his fourth government
  that he will not lightly forgive or forget.
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