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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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Examples from the web for ignominiously
  • 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.
  • For almost a dozen years the high-powered rifle sat ignominiously in the dusty garage of a home here.
  • The traitors are ignominiously and terribly defeated.
Word Origin and History for ignominiously



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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