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 ignominiously

  • You call a halt, ignominiously, and say that you would like to rest for a minute or two.

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  • Its name, which once rode astride the corporate headquarters on New York's Columbus Circle, was ignominiously removed.

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Historical Examples of ignominiously

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

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

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    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.

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    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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