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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
Two and a half days — before admitting bitter, ignominious defeat.
But the senator’s offer would let moderates and conservatives alike claim a symbolic victory — and avoid the ignominious prospect of working with Democrats to prop up Obamacare.
According to the State Department, China joins Russia, Syria and Iran in that ignominious distinction.
Their ignominious 18-3 bashing Saturday by the Washington Nationals incorporated everything that’s wrong with this team and franchise.
Friday night’s game against the Rays provides the Orioles with an ignominious opportunity—to tie a nearly 100-year-old major league record by allowing five or more runs in 20 straight games.
The logo passed after a brief and ignominious battle with stage IV banality.
This is a stunning, fascinating, and exciting development, especially for someone who cut his teeth reporting in Silicon Valley by covering the quick rise and ignominious fall of online grocer Webvan during the dot-com bubble of 1999-2000.
By James Mahaffey Characters major and minor in the story of nuclear science come alive in Mahaffey’s lively, accessible retelling of some of the field’s more obscure (and sometimes ignominious) moments.
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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
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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