Definition of ignominy in English:


Pronunciation /ˌiɡˈnäminē//ˈiɡnəˌminē/


  • Public shame or disgrace.

    ‘the ignominy of being imprisoned’
    • ‘English soccer hordes have brought disgrace to themselves, contempt on their nation and ignominy to those who try, fitfully, to govern them.’
    • ‘The greatest ignominy of that afternoon was when Mayo brought their sub-goalkeeper on as a forward for the closing five minutes.’
    • ‘If defaulters don't come forward, they will face charges and the public ignominy of being named.’
    • ‘On stage, he pulls knowing faces, as if his rise from boy-band ignominy to rock superstar is a joke in which audiences are complicit.’
    • ‘It can be fully present in failure, disgrace and ignominy.’
    • ‘Barrie himself was childless, his own joyless marriage to Mary Ansell, a beautiful actress, ending in public ignominy when his wife had an affair.’
    • ‘But if you really must chew, a few ground rules should keep you this side of social ignominy.’
    • ‘That should be enough to pile ignominy upon him.’
    • ‘I'll wait for the post-election post-mortem and watch some pollster shrivel away in ignominy.’
    • ‘But he has gone quietly knowing that he will get a nice cushion of more than a million pounds compensation to soften any ignominy.’
    • ‘However, Commercial Street has been saved this ignominy as it is small and there is hardly any space for vehicles and pedestrians to move.’
    • ‘Imagine the shame, the ignominy, the dire social consequences.’
    • ‘It's a battle of dignity against ignominy, a battle for the rights of the peoples of Venezuela and Latin America.’
    • ‘I am curious more about our women weightlifters returning from Athens in shame and ignominy.’
    • ‘The final ignominy for United happened just a minute later.’
    • ‘All this ignominy heaped on us and we are still unrepentant?’
    • ‘The victims must know who heaped mountain upon mountain of injustice, ignominy and humiliation upon them.’
    • ‘The ignominy of under-achievement is lessened by the cash saved.’
    • ‘Our hockey boys seem to be collapsing in ignominy, though.’
    • ‘For a man who won the Open and then the US Open the following year to now suffer this ignominy is a disgrace to the game of golf.’
    shame, humiliation, embarrassment, mortification
    disgrace, dishonour, stigma, disrepute, discredit, degradation, abasement, opprobrium, obloquy, scandal, infamy, indignity, ignobility, loss of face
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Mid 16th century: from French ignominie or Latin ignominia, from in- not + a variant of nomen name.