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[ig-nuh-min-ee, ig-nom-uh-nee]
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noun, plural ig·no·min·ies for 2.
  1. disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
  2. shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.
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Origin of ignominy

1530–40; < Latin ignōminia, equivalent to ig- (for in- in-3, apparently by association with ignōbilis ignoble, ignōtus unknown, etc.; cf. cognomen) + nōmin- (stem of nōmen) name + -ia -y3

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1. See disgrace.

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Related Words for ignominy

meanness, disgrace, baseness, lowness, dishonor, disrepute, mortification, humiliation

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British Dictionary definitions for ignominy


noun plural -minies
  1. disgrace or public shame; dishonour
  2. a cause of disgrace; a shameful act
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Derived Formsignominious, adjectiveignominiously, adverbignominiousness, noun

Word Origin for ignominy

C16: from Latin ignōminia disgrace, from ig- (see in- ²) + nōmen name, reputation
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Word Origin and History for ignominy


1530s, back-formation from ignominious or else from Middle French ignominie (15c.), from Latin ignominia "disgrace, dishonor" (see ignominious). Also sometimes shortened to ignomy.

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