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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

Examples of inglorious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He is scheduled to fight Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles — more than 15 years after Tyson’s last, inglorious fight. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Mike Tyson returns to boxing at 54 on Saturday looking and sounding different," 25 Nov. 2020 Okay, the last VW Rabbit (b. 1975, d. 1984) lived an inglorious life. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2007 Compact Car Comparison," 18 Nov. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that Indiana has joined the inglorious list of 12 states where more than 35% of adults are obese, according to self reports. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "In era of COVID, when obesity is a risk factor, Indiana ranks as 11th fattest state," 18 Sep. 2020 The Patriots made a quick and inglorious exit from the playoffs on Saturday, weeks before the pace will pick up in Fort Myers. Peter Abraham,, "For Red Sox fans, the luxury-tax watch will not be fun," 6 Jan. 2020 And domestic success means little if, say, the team squanders a 3-0 advantage and exits Europe's premier cup competition in inglorious fashion. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Why did Barcelona sack Ernesto Valverde?," 13 Jan. 2020 In the end, the Illinois General Assembly impeached and convicted Blagojevich and removed him from office, a first in the state’s often politically inglorious history. Rick Pearson,, "As public hearings begin on Trump impeachment, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s removal provides a guide for the process and the rhetoric," 12 Nov. 2019 So a low Metacritic score isn't fatal, nor is an inglorious chart number. Paul Grein, Billboard, "The Grammys Early Line: Who Are the 2020 Album of the Year Contenders?," 26 Mar. 2019 These and other inglorious tales all become the basis for episodes. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Modern Family' Oral History Book Release Timed to Series Finale," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of inglorious was in 1573

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30 Nov 2020

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“Inglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inglorious

literary : causing shame or disgrace

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