ig·​no·​mi·​ny | \ˈig-nə-ˌmi-nē, -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

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Ten years later, Eovaldi realized Villanueva's ignominy. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros use trio of homers to earn win No. 50," 21 June 2018 This year, a new position may suffer this ignominy. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Instant, one-swing-of-the-bat scoring is mostly what occurs, unless of course the batter’s titanic efforts to swat the ball out of the park results in the ignominy of a strike-out. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018 Why is June given so many chances to escape, and the other, less charismatic handmaids forced to live out their days in ignominy? refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 But today, with the bulk of its factory jobs gone, the city of 150,000 is better known for ignominy. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 There legacies will be ones of well earned ignominy. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A prominent GOP strategist has left the Republican Party over family separations at the border," 20 June 2018 An aging squad exited the Euro 2000 group stages in ignominy without a single win to their name. Henry Young, CNN, "The secrets to Germany's World Cup success," 13 June 2018 With Williams under center, the Buccaneers — just two years removed from 0-26 ignominy — reached the NFC Championship Game. 4. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "The 10 most significant trades for draft picks in NFL history," 14 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ignominy

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

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