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

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 Wisdom knows when to step aside, victorious, rather than remain in a final competition that will crush one’s reputation into ignominy. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 9 July 2024 The win means Maryland (16-16) will avoid the ignominy of matching the 15-17 overall record by the 2021-22 squad. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 13 Mar. 2024 Nevada, Boise State and Colorado State are all 10th seeds, and the latter two were sent to Dayton for the ignominy of play-in games. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2024 And those losses were rough, mostly bitterly close contests that included the ignominy of falling to Cal State Northridge at Pauley Pavilion, 76-72. Mirjam Swanson, Orange County Register, 28 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ignominy 

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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 20 Jul. 2024.

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ig·​no·​mi·​ny ˈig-nə-ˌmin-ē How to pronounce ignominy (audio)
plural ignominies
: deep humiliation and disgrace

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