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[ig-nuh-min-ee, ig-nom-uh-nee] /ˈɪg nəˌmɪn i, ɪgˈnɒm ə ni/
noun, plural ignominies for 2.
disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.
Origin of ignominy
1530-40; < Latin ignōminia, equivalent to ig- (for in- in-3, apparently by association with ignōbilis ignoble, ignōtus unknown, etc.; cf. cognomen) + nōmin- (stem of nōmen) name + -ia -y3
1. disrepute, discredit, shame, obloquy, opprobrium. See disgrace.
1. credit, honor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ignominy
  • He deserves all the blame and ignominy that befalls him.
  • They provide a welcome balance to the ignominy heaped upon him in the prose tradition.
  • Its ignominy has found its way into the household vocabulary.
British Dictionary definitions for ignominy


noun (pl) -minies
disgrace or public shame; dishonour
a cause of disgrace; a shameful act
Derived Forms
ignominious, adjective
ignominiously, adverb
ignominiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ignōminia disgrace, from ig- (see in-²) + nōmen name, reputation
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Word Origin and History for ignominy

1530s, back-formation from ignominious or else from Middle French ignominie (15c.), from Latin ignominia "disgrace, dishonor" (see ignominious). Also sometimes shortened to ignomy.

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