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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
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Latin word 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. 2018.
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  • A groan of distress burst from him, and he fled the place in ignominious rout.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He pleasantly promises the ignominious death of your chief friends.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • But this was a death of the most ignominious and painful description.

  • Such an experiment was at all events predestined to an ignominious failure.

  • But of all these numerous occasions the most ignominious was shortly after the affair with the Grizzly.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
Word Origin and History for ignominious

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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