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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Definitions for ignominy

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

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Citations for ignominy
Walking in the shadow of a dream, as it were, and perhaps actually under the influence of a species of somnambulism, Mr. Dimmesdale reached the spot, where, now so long since, Hester Prynne had lived through her first hour of public ignominy. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
There is no ignominy in death. There is complete ignominy in an unreplenished, mechanised life. D. H. Lawrence, Women in Love, 1920
Origin of ignominy
Ignominy stems from the Latin noun ignōminia meaning "disgrace; dishonor," which in turn derives from the Latin noun nōmen "name." It entered English around 1540.