[ ig-nuh-min-ee-uhs ]
/ ˌɪg nəˈmɪn i əs /


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

Nearby words

  1. ignition point,
  2. ignition system,
  3. ignitron,
  4. ignivomous,
  5. ignoble,
  6. ignominy,
  7. ignoramus,
  8. ignorance,
  9. ignorance is bliss,
  10. ignorant

Origin of ignominious

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word ignōminiōsus. See ignominy, -ous

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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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