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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
Only Manny Machado's home run to open the sixth inning Saturday ended that ignominious run, albeit on a technicality.
One year after an ignominious 3-9 season, the Spartans rebounded with a 10-3 record, finishing second in the Big Ten East.
The finale infamously brought in cast members from The Next Generation to tell the final chapter in Enterprise’s story, and it was viewed by some as a disrespectful and ignominious end to 18 almost-unbroken years of Trek on the small screen.
Yes, there is a long and ignominious list of British players who thrived in England but struggled abroad.
In 1952, the City of New York — rejigged as a coal barge — caught fire in Nova Scotia and sank, an ignominious end to a famous ship.
Casey joins an ignominious list of the best coaches to ever be fired.
Fans of teams projected to draft a quarterback in the first round of this year's draft will hope the 2018 QB draft class doesn't some day join this ignominious list.
Missouri maintains its ignominious distinction of having the highest rate of black homicide victims in the country — and Kansas is now in the top 10 — according to a study of federal data released Wednesday.
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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
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