ignominy

noun ig·no·mi·ny \ ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē , -mə-nē also ig-ˈnä-mə-nē \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of ignominy

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

Examples of ignominy in a Sentence

  1. She had to endure the ignominy of being forced to resign.

  2. the small ignominies that are a part of everyone's life

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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

Synonym Discussion of ignominy

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

IGNOMINY Defined for English Language Learners

ignominy

noun

Definition of ignominy for English Language Learners

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



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