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1. Ignominious; disgraceful: Napoleon's inglorious end.
2. Not famous; obscure: an inglorious young writer.

in·glo′ri·ous·ly adv.
in·glo′ri·ous·ness n.
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Tolkien is very willing, it seems, to depict "evil in all its ingloriousness," but focuses upon its effects and manifestations rather than on its psychopathology.
Tony Harrison's Yorkshire demotic, for example, is pitted powerfully against the refinements of standard English in sequences such as V and "The School of Eloquence." In the latter sequence he raises, in the poem "On Not Being Milton," "Three cheers for mute ingloriousness" and for the thickened glottals, "lumpen mass" of a Leeds working-class accent, against the "condescension" of the middle classes.