in·​glo·​ri·​ous | \ (ˌ)in-ˈglȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce inglorious (audio) \

Definition of inglorious

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

Other Words from inglorious

ingloriously adverb
ingloriousness noun

Examples of inglorious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fett returned for one of the most inglorious deaths in all of Star Wars, ending up in the belly of the Sarlacc pretty much by accident. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 The Spurs, meanwhile, suffered one of their more inglorious defeats. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Dec. 2021 The inglorious list: Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley, Butch Jones, Jeremy Pruitt and Josh Heupel. Joseph Goodman |, al, 23 Oct. 2021 That inglorious past is irrelevant to manager Alex Cora., 14 Oct. 2021 Instead Intermarché sells these fruits and vegetables in special aisles and runs a national marketing campaign glorifying the inglorious. Chad Frischmann, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 Troy Aikman had an inglorious 1989 campaign, when the Cowboys went 1-15 and the only win was quarterbacked by Steve Walsh. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Together these three films say a lot, directly or indirectly, about luck, chance, sexuality — and cultural legacies, grand and inglorious both, still with us. Michael Phillips,, 24 Sep. 2021 Still don’t quite understand the choice of Dave Hakstol as coach, not after his inglorious run of three-plus seasons behind the Flyers bench., 18 Sep. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Inglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of inglorious

: causing shame or disgrace


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