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ignominious

[ig-nuh-min-ee-uh s] /ˌɪg nəˈmɪn i əs/
adjective
1.
marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating:
an ignominious retreat.
2.
bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1. degrading, disgraceful, dishonorable, shameful. 2. despicable, ignoble.
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Word Origin and History for ignominiousness

ignominious

adj.

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.

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