Definition of ignominious in English:

ignominious

Line breaks: ig¦no|mini|ous
Pronunciation: /ˌɪɡnəˈmɪnɪəs
 
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adjective

Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame: no other party risked ignominious defeat
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, mortifying, shameful, disgraceful, dishonourable, discreditable, ignoble, inglorious, abject, sorry, wretched, miserable, pitiful
rare humiliatory

Origin

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

Derivatives

ignominiously

adverb
More 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.

ignominiousness

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

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