ig·​no·​mi·​ny ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē How to pronounce ignominy (audio)
 also  ig-ˈnä-mə-nē
plural ignominies
: deep personal humiliation and disgrace
: 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

Example Sentences

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 Our league follows the previous strata, with many in contention but a sufficient sample size to auspicate Bob’s eventual victory and my enduring ignominy. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 8 Sep. 2022 In fact, Wrexham has fallen to the ignominy of being a fifth-tier team — professional football but barely. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 23 Aug. 2022 Though McGuire delivered a scoreless ninth, his status as a highlight represented its own form of ignominy for a team that is 60-63. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2022 And while these 2021 Sox aren't yet covered in similar ignominy, this late-September fade is nudging them toward that end. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 This, really, cinches the ignominy of the last fortnight in British politics. Holly Thomas, CNN, 16 July 2022 By 1996, the experiment was over, saving Birmingham the ignominy of losing a franchise to Shreveport. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 July 2022 After becoming the first Carmel swimmer to make a U.S. Olympic team, Drew Kibler endured the ignominy of being on the first U.S. relay team ever to miss a medal. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 Having addressed their quarterback needs last year with Lawrence—yet still suffering the ignominy of being bad enough to pick first again—the Jaguars picked someone nobody saw coming just a couple months ago. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ignominy was in 1540

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“Ignominy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignominy. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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