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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
Recent Examples of ignominious from the Web
But after two consecutive season-opening defeats to FCS teams, this year, surely, will be WSU’s time to finally snap that ignominious streak, right?
As Charles Black, Jr., explains in his classic 1974 handbook on the subject, some acts are not crimes but are sufficiently abusive or ignominious to render an individual unfit for the nation's highest office.
The Union had an opportunity this past Saturday to join their Philadelphia sports brethren in one of the more ignominious chapters of the local history books: tales of being done wrong by a referee’s video replay.
His soundtrack for the ignominious walk back to the dugout was an encore of boos.
The trio of women—pared down from the original eight—made their ignominious debut in the rocky fifth season of the popular fantasy series, standing at the center of the show’s maligned Dorne plot.
Two and a half days — before admitting bitter, ignominious defeat.
But the senator’s offer would let moderates and conservatives alike claim a symbolic victory — and avoid the ignominious prospect of working with Democrats to prop up Obamacare.
According to the State Department, China joins Russia, Syria and Iran in that ignominious distinction.
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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."
First Known Use of ignominious
Synonymsdiscreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, infamous, louche, notorious, opprobrious, shady, shameful, shoddy, shy, unrespectable
Antonymshonorable, reputable, respectable
Related Wordsbad, criminal, immoral, seamy, sordid, unethical, unsavory, wicked; base, contemptible, despicable, detestable, dirty, low, mean, miserable, vile, wretched; black, evil, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unrighteous, vicious, villainous, wrong; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, inglorious, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, gamy (or gamey), libertine, loose, perverted, reprobate
Near Antonymsdecent, ethical, good, honest, just, moral, noble, principled, righteous, upright, upstanding; esteemed, prestigious, reputed, respected; authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed (also indorsed), sanctioned; clean, correct, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltless
IGNOMINIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ignominious for English Language Learners
: causing disgrace or shame
IGNOMINIOUS Defined for Kids
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