Simple Definition of ignominy
: a situation or event that causes you to feel ashamed or embarrassed
Full Definition of ignominy
1 : deep personal humiliation and disgrace
2 : disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action
Examples of ignominy
She had to endure the ignominy of being forced to resign.
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
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