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[in-glawr-ee-uh s, -glohr-] /ɪnˈglɔr i əs, -ˈgloʊr-/
shameful; disgraceful:
inglorious retreat.
not famous or honored.
Origin of inglorious
1565-75; < Latin inglōrius. See in-3, glorious
Related forms
ingloriously, adverb
ingloriousness, noun
1. dishonorable, ignominous.
1. admirable, praiseworthy. Unabridged
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  • Permit me to say that, like you, I was reared in some pride of no inglorious ancestry.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The last act of the drama was so inglorious that I am almost ashamed to tell it.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • This inglorious mission ended in Connolly's disgraceful and cowardly flight.

    The Land of the Miamis Elmore Barce
  • Let not the sun look down and say, "inglorious here he lies!"

  • Would she in her heart have had him honest over No. 77, honest and inglorious?

    Quisant Anthony Hope
  • There may be mute, inglorious Miltons, but Art struggles for expression.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
  • I might once, indeed, have bound him to me for ever; but it was now plain that he had cast off his inglorious shackles.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • Physical love is only inglorious when it is regarded ingloriously.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • But spiritual eyes are needed to discern the glory of the commonplace, the romance of the inglorious.

    With God in the World Charles H. Brent
British Dictionary definitions for inglorious


without courage or glory; dishonourable, shameful, or disgraceful
unknown or obscure
Derived Forms
ingloriously, adverb
ingloriousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inglorious

1570s, from Latin ingloriosus, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + gloriosus (see glorious). Related: Ingloriously; ingloriousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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