Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by shame or disgrace: "It was an ignominious end ... as a desperate mutiny by a handful of soldiers blossomed into full-scale revolt” ( Angus Deming).
  • adj. Deserving disgrace or shame; despicable.
  • adj. Degrading; debasing: "The young people huddled with their sodden gritty towels and ignominious goosebumps inside the gray-shingled bathhouse” ( John Updike).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Marked by shame or disgrace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marked with ignominy; incurring public disgrace; dishonorable; shameful.
  • adj. Deserving ignominy; despicable.
  • adj. Humiliating; degrading.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Marked with ignominy; incurring or attended with disgrace; degrading; shameful; infamous: as, ignominious punishment; ignominious intrigues.
  • Deserving ignominy; despicable in character; contemptible.
  • Synonyms Disgraceful, opprobrious, disreputable. See ignominy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

Etymologies

From French or Old French ignominieux, from Latin ignominiosus ("disgraceful"), from ignominia ("loss of a good name, ignominy"), from in- (“not”) +‎ nomen (“name”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The team dispersed in ignominious defeat, and it was not until after dark that the dogs came sneaking back, one by one, by meekness and humility signifying their fealty to White Fang.

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  • The vast majority of Survivors who have scored the hidden immunity idol went on to slink out of there in ignominious defeat for not having played it.

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  • And with this developing in ignominious as well as PageRank you can save in perspective to apprehend your background in culminate unambiguous exhilarated in those Search Locomotive Results.

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  • In that monster footnote to what I am inclined to describe as a monster book – The God Delusion – Dawkins reproaches me for what he calls my ignominious decision to accept, in 2006, the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth.

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  • What, for instance, might have happened to the world a short time back if Egypt had had the atomic weapon when being chased, in ignominious retreat, from the borders of Israel?

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  • The team dispersed in ignominious defeat, and it was not until after dark that the dogs came sneaking back, one by one, by meekness and humility signifying their fealty to White

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  • Many rulings of this same court might well qualify for the tag ignominious if it's history we be reviewing.

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  • His wife and infant son were detained by the Romans in ignominious captivity; and this domestic misfortune tarnished the glories of

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  • Senators, matrons, and philosophers, expired in ignominious and cruel tortures.

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  • 91 The light brigantines of the Greeks were scattered in ignominious flight: the nine castles of the Venetians maintained a more obstinate conflict; seven were sunk, two were taken; two thousand five hundred captives implored in vain the mercy of the victor; and the daughter of Alexius deplores the loss of thirteen thousand of his subjects or allies.

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  • JM has never considered garden figurines to be ignominious.

    August 13, 2011

  • I find it interesting that this word came up right after Bonnie and Co. invaded again.

    November 4, 2008

  • Disgraceful or dishonorable behavior, as of a candidate for a political office who, upon losing public favor, makes wild and desperate claims to discredit the opposition.

    November 4, 2008