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

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Other Words from inglorious

ingloriously adverb
ingloriousness noun

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Domestic politics are too disappointing, too grinding, too inglorious. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "In ‘The Restless Wave,’ John McCain Says America Is Still Exceptional," 16 May 2018 But Nolan’s movie notably flirted with the possible existence of benevolent entities, beaming a message of hope and salvation across time and space to our lowly and inglorious species. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Brad Pitt sets out to save the world in ‘Ad Astra,’ a space odyssey that stumbles and soars," 30 Aug. 2019 The unusual knock stopped Seattle’s inglorious streak. Chandler Rome,, "Houston’s Justin Verlander becomes majors’ first 15-game winner as Astros beat Mariners," 4 Aug. 2019 The Pittsburgh Pirates pounded him across three inglorious innings. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Framber Valdez, Astros pounded by Pirates," 26 June 2019 Despite such lavish preparations, his end was brutal and inglorious. National Geographic, "The short reign of Elagabalus, Rome's hard-partying emperor," 19 Mar. 2019 What seems like an inglorious departure from the English Premier League is far from it for Huddersfield. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Huddersfield experiences joint earliest relegation from EPL," 30 Mar. 2019 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

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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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