ig·​no·​mi·​ny | \ ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē How to pronounce ignominy (audio) , -mə-nē also ig-ˈnä-mə-nē\
plural ignominies

Definition of ignominy

1 : deep personal humiliation and disgrace
2 : disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action

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disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, infamy, ignominy mean the state or condition of suffering loss of esteem and of enduring reproach. disgrace often implies humiliation and sometimes ostracism. sent home in disgrace dishonor emphasizes the loss of honor that one has enjoyed or the loss of self-esteem. preferred death to life with dishonor disrepute stresses loss of one's good name or the acquiring of a bad reputation. a once proud name fallen into disrepute infamy usually implies notoriety as well as exceeding shame. a day that lives in infamy ignominy stresses humiliation. the ignominy of being arrested

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

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In one pick, fans of the worst teams in football can see the player who will lead them out of the squalor—or the one who will be the face of the team’s continued ignominy. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Big Questions That Will Shape the NFL Draft," 26 Apr. 2018 Sunny next married a Danish man about town who would bring the family into ignominy: Claus von Bülow. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 This ignominy comes after de Carvalho was discharged of his duties by Sporting's board members last month. SI.com, "Ex-Sporting CP President Embroiled in €500,000 Per Year Communications Company Scandal," 10 July 2018 The Arizona Cardinals, though, have the ignominy of making the most pointless off-season move. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Here Come the Rookie Quarterbacks. What Took So Long?," 28 Sep. 2018 The first was in 1896, just three years prior to Coleman bringing ignominy upon the chilly town. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 2018 Ten years later, Eovaldi realized Villanueva's ignominy. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros use trio of homers to earn win No. 50," 21 June 2018 This year, a new position may suffer this ignominy. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Instant, one-swing-of-the-bat scoring is mostly what occurs, unless of course the batter’s titanic efforts to swat the ball out of the park results in the ignominy of a strike-out. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of ignominy

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of ignominy

formal : a situation or event that causes you to feel ashamed or embarrassed

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