ignominy


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ig·no·min·y

 (ĭg′nə-mĭn′ē, -mə-nē)
n. pl. ig·no·min·ies
1. Great personal dishonor or humiliation: a military adventure that ended in ignominy.
2. An instance or source of this: had suffered many ignominies because of his insensitivity.

[French ignominie, from Old French, from Latin ignōminia : in-, i-, not; see in-1 + nōmen, name (influenced by gnōscere, to know); see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]

ignominy

(ˈɪɡnəˌmɪnɪ)
n, pl -minies
1. disgrace or public shame; dishonour
2. a cause of disgrace; a shameful act
[C16: from Latin ignōminia disgrace, from ig- (see in-2) + nōmen name, reputation]
ˌignoˈminious adj
ˌignoˈminiously adv
ˌignoˈminiousness n

ig•no•min•y

(ˈɪg nəˌmɪn i, ɪgˈnɒm ə ni)

n., pl. -min•ies.
1. personal disgrace; dishonor.
2. shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct.
[1530–40; < Latin ignōminia]
syn: See disgrace.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ignominy - a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
dishonor, dishonour - a state of shame or disgrace; "he was resigned to a life of dishonor"
humiliation - state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
obloquy, opprobrium - state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
odium - state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
reproach - disgrace or shame; "he brought reproach upon his family"

ignominy

noun disgrace, shame, humiliation, contempt, discredit, stigma, disrepute, dishonour, infamy, mortification, bad odour the ignominy of being made redundant
credit, honour, repute

ignominy

noun
Translations

ignominy

[ˈɪgnəmɪnɪ] Nignominia f, oprobio m, vergüenza f

ignominy

[ˈɪgnəmɪni] nignominie f
the ignominy of being defeated → l'ignominie de la défaite

ignominy

nSchmach f, → Schande f, → Schimpf m (old)

ignominy

[ˈɪgnəˌmɪnɪ] n (frm) → ignominia
References in classic literature ?
Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped.
But like Czar Peter content to toil in the shipyards of foreign cities, Queequeg disdained no seeming ignominy, if thereby he might happily gain the power of enlightening his untutored countrymen.
This preparation for bonds, and the additional ignominy it inferred, took a little of the excitement out of me.
Mary Anne's cousin deserted into our coal-hole, and was brought out, to our great amazement, by a piquet of his companions in arms, who took him away handcuffed in a procession that covered our front-garden with ignominy.
To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee, and deifie his power Who from the terrour of this Arm so late Doubted his Empire, that were low indeed, That were an ignominy and shame beneath This downfall; since by Fate the strength of Gods And this Empyreal substance cannot fail, Since through experience of this great event In Arms not worse, in foresight much advanc't, We may with more successful hope resolve To wage by force or guile eternal Warr Irreconcileable, to our grand Foe, Who now triumphs, and in th' excess of joy Sole reigning holds the Tyranny of Heav'n.
I had a strong hope, which never left me, that I should one day recover my liberty: and as to the ignominy of being carried about for a monster, I considered myself to be a perfect stranger in the country, and that such a misfortune could never be charged upon me as a reproach, if ever I should return to England, since the king of Great Britain himself, in my condition, must have undergone the same distress.
Have they ever subjected you to cruelty and ignominy, Dejah Thoris?
You may have sincerity, but you have no modesty; out of the pettiest vanity you expose your sincerity to publicity and ignominy.
If you have merited this shame, madame, if you have incurred this ignominy, you must submit to it as an offering to God.
And now the tale must stride forward over many months, leaving Pearson to encounter ignominy and misfortune; his wife to a firm endurance of a thousand sorrows; poor Ilbrahim to pine and droop like a cankered rosebud; his mother to wander on a mistaken errand, neglectful of the holiest trust which can be committed to a woman.
There are various methods by which you may achieve ignominy and shame.
in the rabble, had attempted to carry a glass of water to that wretched creature in torment, there reigned around the infamous steps of the pillory such a prejudice of shame and ignominy, that it would have sufficed to repulse the good Samaritan.