ignominy


ig·no·mi·ny

noun \ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē, -mə-nē also ig-ˈnä-mə-nē\

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

plural ig·no·mi·nies

Full Definition of IGNOMINY

1
:  deep personal humiliation and disgrace
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

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