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Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.‘no other party risked ignominious defeat’
humiliating, undignified, embarrassing, mortifying, shameful, disgraceful, dishonourable, discreditable, ignoble, inglorious, abject, sorry, wretched, miserable, pitifulView synonyms
- ‘This tradition was unduly neglected for decades, especially after what was seen as its ignominious defeat in the later Imperial period.’
- ‘Council sporting officials thought children could be psychologically damaged by the trauma of an ignominious drubbing at the hands of more gifted players.’
- ‘U.S. forces completed an ignominious withdrawal from bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.’
- ‘Why then has the Nice treaty ratification ended in such ignominious defeat?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Moreover, he ‘leads’ the team from ignominious to defeat to ignominious defeat.’
- ‘The recent ignominious defeat for John McEnroe's much touted Davis Cup team underlined the problem.’
- ‘After Germany's ignominious defeat in World War I, Hitler made Germans feel good for ten years, anyway.’
- ‘Books, in fact, provide some of the best examples of this ignominious protectionist tendency in Irish history, North and South.’
- ‘While Scotland will be nervous of repeating their previous ignominious performance, at least Vogts' men will have their supporters behind them.’
- ‘At what point do we take that ignominious, shabby route down from the moral high ground to defend a Labour government?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Such is the suffering, ignoble and ignominious, it inflicts on the viewers.’
- ‘This joke has an ignominious history in my own life.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from French ignominieux, or Latin ignominiosus, from ignominia (see ignominy).
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