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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
Gene Stallings’ tenure at Alabama began in ignominious fashion with three straight losses, the third of which was a one-point defeat to Georgia in Athens.
The latest contradiction is the case of the ignominious slave market in Libya.... Most of Africa ... has become the mouth of a shark....— The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump’s Jerusalem decision deprives US of leverage in peace talks, Trump sheds a presidential mask, Leave no one behind in the global clean energy transition, Rape by Myanmar’s armed forces must be addressed, The West’s hand in the Libyan slave market," 25 Dec. 2017 ,
Moore made Tuesday's runoff largely because of the support of Steve Bannon, the Breitbart editor-in-chief who vowed #WAR against the Republican establishment after his ignominious ouster from the White House earlier this year.
The Bucks still own the ignominious distinction of opponents hitting the highest percentage of their three-pointers against them (39.7%), but things have definitely changed.
The Fort Wayne document—a somewhat ignominious piece of American history that many might want to see buried forever—has been kept in storage along with 370 other treaties at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Both parties have long histories of gerrymandering — an ignominious tradition that goes back to Virginia’s first governor.
But the university’s defense was to both concede the ignominious specifics and maintain these weren’t fraudulent classes.
Here’s a look at the times Kentucky came the closest to ending its ignominious run of disappointment and defeat against Florida.
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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
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