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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 this week came perhaps the most ignominious result: Dunleavy lost his ground-floor office to Berta Gardner, the Anchorage Democrat who leads the Senate minority.
The magazine handed out ignominious honors to New York City for lighting landmarks up in Amazon orange and Tuscon area leaders for sending Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot saguaro cactus.
The ignominious duo? Martavis Bryant and Alshon Jeffery.
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.
Celebrities and foreign dignitaries were suffering ignominious brutalities which formerly had been practiced only on toy salesmen and recalcitrant bookkeepers and thus had passed unreported.
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.
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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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