[ ig-nuh-min-ee-uhs ]
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  1. marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat.

  2. bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.

Origin of ignominious

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

Other words for ignominious

Other words from ignominious

  • ig·no·min·i·ous·ly, adverb
  • ig·no·min·i·ous·ness, noun
  • non·ig·no·min·i·ous, adjective
  • non·ig·no·min·i·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·ig·no·min·i·ous·ness, noun
  • un·ig·no·min·i·ous, adjective
  • un·ig·no·min·i·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·ig·no·min·i·ous·ness, noun

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How to use ignominious in a sentence

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

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  • Four years ago Hetton's horse had been first favourite, but it was ignominiously beaten.

  • In fear the King had fled from Paris only to be stopped at Varennes and brought back ignominiously to the capital.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • Notwithstanding those prodigies, they placed him ignominiously on the cross.

    Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
  • Winfree ducked, found one of the dress sabers ignominiously sheathed in snow, and drew it out.

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  • It was Professor Smawl, and she pounced upon Dorothy and drove her ignominiously into the tent.

    In Search of the Unknown | Robert W. Chambers