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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
No player who qualified for the batting title since 1900 has ever hit below .179, an ignominious honor that belongs to Rob Deer with the 1991 Detroit Tigers and Dan Uggla of the 2013 Atlanta Braves.
The bodies reached Hart Island on a ferry like all the others, in spare wooden boxes and bound for ignominious mass interment off the coast of the Bronx where New York City buries its unclaimed dead by the hundreds in long, shallow trenches.
But added together, there are enough to put the Orioles on an ignominious pace.
However, Neymar is also known for something slightly more ignominious—flopping.
The project never recovered from this ignominious retreat, and it was canceled in 1944.
In 2012, an ignominious exit from the eurozone looked almost inevitable.
Months after the festival's ignominious end, McFarland was charged with federal wire fraud.
The departure marks an ignominious end at Athenahealth for Bush, 49, who helped create a software platform that serves more than 100,000 medical providers.
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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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