ignominy

[ ig-nuh-min-ee, ig-nom-uh-nee ]
/ ˈɪg nəˌmɪn i, ɪgˈnɒm ə ni /

noun, plural ig·no·min·ies for 2.

disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.

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

Synonym study

1. See disgrace.
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ignominy

/ (ˈɪɡnəˌmɪnɪ) /

noun plural -minies

disgrace or public shame; dishonour
a cause of disgrace; a shameful act

Derived Forms

ignominious, adjectiveignominiously, adverbignominiousness, noun

Word Origin for ignominy

C16: from Latin ignōminia disgrace, from ig- (see in- ²) + nōmen name, reputation
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