- ignominious (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. ignominieux (14c.) or directly from L. ignominiosus "disgraceful, shameful," from ignominia "loss of a (good) name," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + nomen (gen. nominis) "name" (see NAME (Cf. name)). Influenced by Old L. gnoscere "come to know." Related: Ignominiously; ignominiousness.
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Ignominious — Ig no*min i*ous, a. [L. ignominiosus: cf. F. ignominieux.] 1. Marked with ignominy; incurring public disgrace; dishonorable; shameful. [1913 Webster] Then first with fear surprised and sense of pain, Fled ignominious. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ignominious — index blameful, blameworthy, caitiff, calumnious, contemptible, contemptuous, disgraceful, disreputable … Law dictionary
ignominious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ deserving or causing public disgrace or shame. DERIVATIVES ignominiously adverb. ORIGIN Latin ignominiosus, from in not + a variant of nomen name … English terms dictionary
ignominious — [ig΄nə min′ē əs] adj. [Fr ignominieux < L ignominiosus] 1. characterized by or bringing on ignominy; shameful; dishonorable; disgraceful 2. contemptible; despicable 3. degrading; humiliating ignominiously adv. ignominiousness n … English World dictionary
ignominious — [[t]ɪ̱gnəmɪ̱niəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe an experience or action as ignominious, you mean it is embarrassing because it shows a great lack of success. [FORMAL] The recollection of their ignominious defeat was still fresh in his mind...… … English dictionary
ignominious — ig|no|min|i|ous [ˌıgnəˈmıniəs] adj formal making you feel ashamed or embarrassed = ↑humiliating ignominious defeat/failure/retreat etc ▪ an ignominious end to his career >ignominiously adv … Dictionary of contemporary English
ignominious — adjective formal making you feel ashamed, especially because you seem stupid, unimportant, or dishonest: an ignominious departure | another ignominious failure ignominiously adverb … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
ignominious — adjective Date: 15th century 1. marked with or characterized by disgrace or shame ; dishonorable 2. deserving of shame or infamy ; despicable 3. humiliating, degrading < suffered an ignominious defeat > • ignominiously adverb • ignominiousne … New Collegiate Dictionary
ignominious — ignominiously, adv. ignominiousness, n. /ig neuh min ee euhs/, adj. 1. marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat. 2. bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible. [1375 1425; late ME < L ignominiosus.… … Universalium
ignominious — adj. Ignominious is used with these nouns: ↑defeat, ↑retreat, ↑withdrawal … Collocations dictionary