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ignominy

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noun ig·no·mi·ny \ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē, -mə-nē also ig-ˈnä-mə-nē\

Simple Definition of ignominy

  • : a situation or event that causes you to feel ashamed or embarrassed

Full Definition of ignominy

plural ig·no·mi·nies

  1. 1 :  deep personal humiliation and disgrace

  2. 2 :  disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action

Examples of ignominy

  1. She had to endure the ignominy of being forced to resign.

  2. the small ignominies that are a part of everyone's life



Origin of ignominy

Middle French or Latin; Middle French ignominie, from Latin ignominia, from ig- (as in ignorare to be ignorant of, ignore) + nomin-, nomen name, repute — more at name


First Known Use: 1540

Synonym Discussion of ignominy

disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, infamy, ignominy mean the state or condition of suffering loss of esteem and of enduring reproach. disgrace often implies humiliation and sometimes ostracism <sent home in disgrace>. dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem <preferred death to life with dishonor>. disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation <a once proud name fallen into disrepute>. infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame <a day that lives in infamy>. ignominy stresses humiliation <the ignominy of being arrested>.

Rhymes with ignominy



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