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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
Every week, the same ignominious bundle of herbs looks back at me from its shelf in the refrigerator.
Friday’s sentencing was an ignominious end to Ms. Park’s career.
That would be an ignominious milestone for the 33-year-old billionaire, and raises fears about government regulation for the company.
City Hall has its own starting five that should have the ignominious distinction of being Cincinnati's most embarrassing team.
And, with that, 70 years of retail history slid toward an ignominious end.
Shkreli's downfall marks an ignominious end to what was once a promising career at the intersection of finance and pharma.
Christiansen’s ascension to the top of the 35,000-employee agency follows the ignominious downfall this week of its former chief, Tony Tooke, amid allegations of relationships with subordinates.
The Huskies earned only the ignominious distinction of being the first in the 12-team league sent home from Orlando.
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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."
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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