Definition of ignominious in English:

ignominious

adjective

  • Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.

    ‘no other party risked ignominious defeat’
    • ‘Books, in fact, provide some of the best examples of this ignominious protectionist tendency in Irish history, North and South.’
    • ‘Such is the suffering, ignoble and ignominious, it inflicts on the viewers.’
    • ‘This tradition was unduly neglected for decades, especially after what was seen as its ignominious defeat in the later Imperial period.’
    • ‘U.S. forces completed an ignominious withdrawal from bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.’
    • ‘The recent ignominious defeat for John McEnroe's much touted Davis Cup team underlined the problem.’
    • ‘While Scotland will be nervous of repeating their previous ignominious performance, at least Vogts' men will have their supporters behind them.’
    • ‘Why then has the Nice treaty ratification ended in such ignominious defeat?’
    • ‘Impressively, in a short time you succeeded where Soviet peace efforts struggled for ten years before giving up in ignominious failure.’
    • ‘But once developed and utilized, it is a tool that can make the difference between glorious victory, and ignominious defeat.’
    • ‘This joke has an ignominious history in my own life.’
    • ‘At one stage the European No 1 was in the ignominious position of propping up the field in 60th place, but his rally at the end restored some dignity.’
    • ‘Ulysses is a terrible novel and deserves to die an ignominious death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However it has not been plain sailing for the American since his arrival at Meadowbank last month in wake of the Scots' ignominious start to the BBL season.’
    • ‘After Germany's ignominious defeat in World War I, Hitler made Germans feel good for ten years, anyway.’
    • ‘At what point do we take that ignominious, shabby route down from the moral high ground to defend a Labour government?’
    • ‘An early intervention by elements of the US 24th Division resulted in an ignominious defeat.’
    • ‘To rub salt in the wound Germany then took second place in the section with a similar margin of victory as they capped possibly the most ignominious week in the history of English sport.’
    • ‘Council sporting officials thought children could be psychologically damaged by the trauma of an ignominious drubbing at the hands of more gifted players.’
    humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, mortifying, shameful, disgraceful, dishonourable, discreditable, ignoble, inglorious, abject, sorry, wretched, miserable, pitiful
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

ignominious

/ˌɪɡnəˈmɪnɪəs/