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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. 2017.
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  • She too lived in the ignominious position of an upper servant hated by the master above and the class beneath.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • No, Max would have no traffic at all in the offer of such an ignominious position.

  • To hunt them out of their native lairs and bind them to arduous and ignominious servitude was hardly to be thought of.

    The Planters of Colonial Virginia Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • It was ignominious to pass out of the room as if he were a whipped puppy.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • Peter Blood was sold to Colonel Bishop—a disdainful buyer—for the ignominious sum of ten pounds.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
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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