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


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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.

  • Do not wait until he drags you ignominiously on the ground in tearing me from your arms.


    Anatole France

  • He was ignominiously dismissed like a lackey caught pilfering.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow

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.

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