Simple Definition of ignominious
: causing disgrace or shame
Examples of ignominious in a sentence
<some of his friends considered the job of janitor to be an ignominious fate for the laid-off executive>
<the prison guards degraded themselves with their inhumane, ignominious treatment of the prisoners>
Did You Know?
The "-nom-" of "ignominious" comes from "nomen," the Latin word for "name" or "repute." (It's also the root of "misnomer," "nomenclature," and "nominal," among others.) The "ig-" part of the word is akin to the negative prefix in-; when joined to the root "-nom-," it indicates the namelessness that goes with shame or dishonor. To suffer an ignominious fate is to lose the opportunity to make a name for oneself or to lose one's good name. When "ignominious" was first borrowed from a French form of the word in the 15th century, it meant "disgraced" or "dishonorable." "Ignominious" continues to have such meanings, but it also has somewhat milder meanings - "embarrassing" and "humiliating."
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