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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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  • They had ignominiously perished, and had given color to the liquid.

  • He broke down, however, ignominiously in his attempts with the tramway fish-horns.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Honestly, I am restless at having been so ignominiously overcome.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Do not wait until he drags you ignominiously on the ground in tearing me from your arms.

    Thais Anatole France
  • He was ignominiously dismissed like a lackey caught pilfering.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • He was ignominiously rolled down the sand to the water's edge.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Shall we go on and brave a wetting, or ignominiously retreat?

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Beppo ignominiously confessed that he had not heard of this second duel.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
Word Origin and History for ignominiously



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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