ig·​no·​mi·​ny | \ ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē How to pronounce ignominy (audio) , -mə-nē also ig-ˈnä-mə-nē \
plural ignominies

Definition of ignominy

1 : deep personal humiliation and disgrace
2 : disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action

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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

Examples of ignominy in a Sentence

She had to endure the ignominy of being forced to resign. the small ignominies that are a part of everyone's life
Recent Examples on the Web Or, worse, the ignominy of sitting next to Roogie Odor instead of playing next to him. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Trading Elvis Andrus was the right move, but that doesn’t mean the Rangers won’t miss him," 6 Feb. 2021 Its sister carrier, the Bush, had recently suffered the ignominy of losing a pilot over Iranian airspace, and the crew of the Enterprise seemed determined to avoid a similar humiliation in the performance of their mission. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part V: Sailing Into Darkness," 23 Feb. 2021 Young then flicked the ball a few feet to Wilder for a completion, avoiding NFL ignominy. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Bucs vs. Packers at snowy Lambeau? 49ers’ Steve Young recalls his near-death experience," 23 Jan. 2021 For hundreds of years until the mid-1900s, Babylon suffered the ignominy of surrounding townspeople dismantling its walls to cart away the ancient bricks for their own building projects. New York Times, "In Beleaguered Babylon, Doing Battle Against Time, Water and Modern Civilization," 6 Feb. 2021 Have the Rams invested $134 million in a quarterback who can fight through the ignominy of being benched and the pain of a thumb injury to play error-free football and give the league’s best defense a chance to steal one? Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Rams’ Jared Goff can show he is ‘the man’ with heroic performance at Green Bay," 14 Jan. 2021 Only three presidents have been impeached; Trump would be the first with the ignominy of being twice impeached. Star Tribune, "Impeach Trump for inciting attack on nation's Capitol," 12 Jan. 2021 Dallas must also live with the ignominy of finishing with a 2-4 record in the worst division in football. David Moore, Dallas News, "After a compelling December stretch, the Cowboys’ inability to finish vs. Giants slammed the door on their season," 3 Jan. 2021 But possibly missing the chance to draft Trevor Lawrence meant nothing to the celebrating Jets, who were thrilled to avoid the ignominy of a winless year. oregonlive, "New York Jets shock the Los Angeles Rams for their first win of the season: Recap, score, stats and more," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ignominy

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of ignominy was in 1540

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31 Mar 2021

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“Ignominy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignominy. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ignominy

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

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