Definition of ignominious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌiɡnəˈminēəs/


Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame: no other party risked ignominious defeat
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  • The prospect of ignominious home defeat loomed ever larger with the passing minutes, until those dramatic closing stages turned the tide.
  • Moreover, he ‘leads’ the team from ignominious to defeat to ignominious defeat.
  • An early intervention by elements of the US 24th Division resulted in an ignominious defeat.
humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, mortifying;
ignoble, inglorious;
disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, discreditable



Pronunciation: /ˌiɡnəˈminēəslē/
Example sentences
  • Still, it could be worse: as I wheel my bike ignominiously towards passport control, I find some consolation in the fact that my panniers are still firmly attached to my bike, and that there isn't a Winnebago in sight..
  • When McArthur was, somewhat ignominiously, booted out of south-east Asia during world war two, his parting shot was ‘I'll be back.’
  • In this instance, as with many others, the outrage was more than justified by the dismal result - Stallone's remake was swept ignominiously under the carpet and should be heading straight for a video store near you very soon.


Example sentences
  • When it comes to sheer sports ignominiousness, this year was what we thought it would be: the absolute worst yet.


Late Middle English: from French ignominieux, or Latin ignominiosus, from ignominia (see ignominy).

Words that rhyme with ignominious

consanguineous, Phineas, sanguineous

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Syllabification: ig·no·min·i·ous

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