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

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But a successful conversion would’ve allowed the U.S. men's national team to avoid the ignominy of getting blanked on home soil. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Sargent's Resilience Emblematic of USMNT's Growing Pains, Process," 9 Sep. 2019 The grouse here are at least spared the ignominy of being shot out of the sky by an oligarch—or David Beckham—dressed in spotless tweed. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "How Rumors of a Feud Between Kate Middleton and Rose Cholmondeley Captivated a Posh Corner of Britain," 5 Aug. 2019 Wild pitches getting runners to third base preceded both sacrifice flies, adding further ignominy to an abhorrent series for Seattle. Chandler Rome, ExpressNews.com, "Houston’s Justin Verlander becomes majors’ first 15-game winner as Astros beat Mariners," 4 Aug. 2019 Sunny next married a Danish man about town who would bring the family into ignominy: Claus von Bülow. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 The first was in 1896, just three years prior to Coleman bringing ignominy upon the chilly town. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 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 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

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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

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

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