ignominy

noun
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 His appearance, and Ted Cruz’s, came after both Eric and Donald Trump, Jr., complained that Republicans weren’t helping, and it can’t be called anything but shameful; the question now is how many others in the G.O.P. share in the ignominy. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Legal Strategy for Challenging the Election Is One More Trumpist Fantasy," 6 Nov. 2020 Mike Zunino homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who avoided the ignominy of joining the 2004 New York Yankees, who took a 3-0 lead in the ALCS and lost four straight to the Red Sox. Bernie Wilson, sun-sentinel.com, "Tampa Bay Rays withstand charging Houston Astros, advance to World Series," 18 Oct. 2020 Mike Zunino homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who avoided the ignominy of joining the 2004 New York Yankees, who took a 3-0 lead in the ALCS and lost four straight to the Red Sox. Bernie Wilson, orlandosentinel.com, "Arozarena, Rays top Astros 4-2 in Game 7, reach World Series," 18 Oct. 2020 Mike Zunino homered and drove in two runs for the Rays, who avoided the ignominy of joining the 2004 New York Yankees, who took a 3-0 lead in the ALCS and lost four straight to the Red Sox, who went on to win their first World Series in 86 seasons. chicagotribune.com, "Tampa Bay Rays top the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the ALCS to reach the World Series for the 1st time since 2008," 17 Oct. 2020 What should the Jazz do now, after suffering this ignominy? The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: After Game 7 elimination, the Jazz aren’t who they thought they were, let alone who they want to be," 2 Sep. 2020 Given its ignominy at the UN and the ICJ, the Brexiteers’ idea of a Global Britain, much touted by Johnson himself, appears ever more delusional. Philippe Sands, The New York Review of Books, "Britain’s Colonial Legacy on Trial at The Hague," 23 June 2020 There was also national pride to restore, after the pain and ignominy of the debt crisis. Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg.com, "Greece Beat the Coronavirus. Can Tourists Now Save Its Economy?," 14 June 2020 The ignominy of being the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. Elaine Sung, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: Midwest region," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of ignominy was in 1540

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13 Nov 2020

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“Ignominy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignominy. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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ignominy

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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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