Definition of ignominy
1 : deep personal humiliation and disgrace
2 : disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action
Examples of ignominy in a Sentence
She had to endure the ignominy of being forced to resign.
the small ignominies that are a part of everyone's life
Recent Examples of ignominy from the Web
But Lambert and court officials said defendants can petition the court to deviate from the usual process — saving Gianforte the ignominy of having to stand in line with other alleged offenders to take his turn before a judge.
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Origin and Etymology of ignominy
Middle French or Latin; Middle French ignominie, from Latin ignominia, from ig- (as in ignorare to be ignorant of, ignore) + nomin-, nomen name, repute — more at name
First Known Use: 1540
Synonym Discussion of ignominy
IGNOMINY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ignominy for English Language Learners
: a situation or event that causes you to feel ashamed or embarrassed
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