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
Recent Examples on the Web After 9/11, Abdullah protected the bin Ladens, refusing to punish them for Osama’s terrorism or to blame them for the ignominy that Saudi Arabia suffered, particularly in the United States. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2021 The fallout from a chaotic exit from Afghanistan that encapsulated the ignominy of a US defeat is meanwhile raising questions about Biden's core promise of competency. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 There isn’t a cut, which means players completely out of contention have to suffer the ignominy of playing out the weekend for a purse of exactly zero dollars. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2021 But with Intel currently suffering the ignominy of having to outsource some of its own chips to TSMC, success is far from guaranteed. Will Knight, Wired, 14 July 2021 Seemingly overcoming both medical reality and the ignominy of the team name, each man competed on all six apparatus. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 26 July 2021 Zuma’s increasing ignominy has generally increased Ramaphosa’s clout within the party, even if Zuma retains fervent support among some South Africans, particularly ethnic Zulus in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal, where last week’s violence was worst. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Nixon too had a presidency end in scandal and ignominy. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 14 May 2021 Adding to the ignominy, the Eagles traded the 12th pick to Tampa Bay (the Bucs used it on Warren Sapp) plus two second-rounders to elevate into this mistake. Nate Davis, USA Today, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Ignominy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignominy. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ignominy

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

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