marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat.
bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.

Origin of ignominious

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word ignōminiōsus. See ignominy, -ous
Related formsig·no·min·i·ous·ly, adverbig·no·min·i·ous·ness, nounnon·ig·no·min·i·ous, adjectivenon·ig·no·min·i·ous·ly, adverbnon·ig·no·min·i·ous·ness, nounun·ig·no·min·i·ous, adjectiveun·ig·no·min·i·ous·ly, adverbun·ig·no·min·i·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for ignominious

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Contemporary Examples of ignominious

Historical Examples of ignominious

  • 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.

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