ignominy

[ig-nuh-min-ee, ig-nom-uh-nee]
noun, plural ignominies for 2.
1.
disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
2.
shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.

Origin:
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.
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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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ignominy
1530s, from Fr. ignominie (15c.), from L. ignominia "disgrace, dishonor" (see ignominious).
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Example sentences
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.
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