in·​glo·​ri·​ous | \ (ˌ)in-ˈglȯr-ē-əs \

Definition of inglorious

1 : shameful, ignominious an inglorious defeat
2 : not glorious : lacking fame or honor made an inglorious comeback

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Other Words from inglorious

ingloriously adverb
ingloriousness noun

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All of this happened — perhaps a slightly misguided expression of love? — and blew up in spectacularly inglorious fashion, in full public view. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "The Story of the Wife Who Defended Her Husband in a Way That Left Him Unemployed," 7 June 2018 The Trump administration obstinately persists in playing the inglorious role of global economic agitator. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "China’s Official News Media Sharply Criticize Trump," 16 June 2018 Morton's last outing placed him in inglorious company. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018 Aside from its bidding controversy and its Olympic scandal, Russian fans have developed an inglorious reputation. Hayden Bird,, "Your guide to the 2018 World Cup," 11 June 2018 Two days later, after blowing a second chance to fly the mail north and making an emergency landing in Cape Charles, Virginia, Boyle’s time with the Post Office came to an inglorious end. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in America," 18 May 2018 To be sure, there is a long and inglorious history of false cross-racial accusations that led to lynching as well as enduring racist stereotypes about black men as innately violent and hypersexual. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict was made possible by decades of activism by black women," 26 Apr. 2018 The last time the Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness survey was conducted four years ago, the bottom 10 — sans Trump — looked pretty much the same, with some minor reshuffling within their inglorious grouping. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "The 10 worst presidents: Besides Trump, whom do scholars scorn the most?," 20 Feb. 2018 The resignation preempts what could have been an inglorious departure. Fortune, "WPP CEO Martin Sorrell Resigns From Ad Empire Amid Allegations of Misconduct," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inglorious

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inglorious

Latin inglorius, from in- + gloria glory

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English Language Learners Definition of inglorious

literary : causing shame or disgrace

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