Definition of inglorious in English:



  • 1(of an action or situation) causing shame or a loss of honor.

    ‘the events are inglorious and culminate in a vicious gang crime’
    • ‘Even the executioner, once an inglorious and shadowy person, became just a regular state employee.’
    • ‘Rather than casting their community as blameless victims in every conflict, traveller leaders might win greater public sympathy by being more upfront about the complex and often inglorious realities of traveller life.’
    • ‘I've written before of an earlier generation of MPs who were unabashed propagandists for Stalin, and there is an inglorious tradition of Labour MPs who serve the propaganda interests of despotism.’
    • ‘Yet alongside these inglorious examples, America also has a tradition of waging war for honorable reasons that it could offer to the world as legitimate grounds for making war.’
    • ‘But the problem is clearly institutional and not at all limited to his inglorious tenure.’
    • ‘Modern improvements in the means for the diffusion of knowledge have not brought about the millennium, but they have reduced the old statecraft to a condition of inglorious futility.’
    • ‘The saddest aspect of this whole inglorious dilemma is that public opinion is almost completely oblivious of the hidden cost that must be paid to comfort the farmers' pride.’
    • ‘Hence, the foundational roots of the prosperity the developed nations enjoy today lie firmly in this inglorious past.’
    • ‘It was two of our southern neighbours, with only the most tangential connections to this country, who saved the manager and arguably the inflicting of one of the worst embarrassments in our long and inglorious football history.’
    • ‘For the Broncos, it was an inglorious end to a disappointing season.’
    • ‘‘Threw it away years ago,’ Bond shrugs, an inglorious admission he mutters into a year's growth of beard.’
    • ‘Ian did so-so at school, and then was kicked out of Sandhurst in inglorious circumstances.’
    • ‘It is a close call as to which incident from our long and inglorious international past has done more damage to the country's collective psyche.’
    • ‘If it happens, it will be an inglorious first in Indian hockey history.’
    • ‘There were tanks and armored personnel carriers on the streets, and checkpoints manned by young soldiers, cold and miserable under the inglorious Polish December.’
    • ‘But there is a chance that he may still have useful information, and that when the adrenalin wears off after an inglorious period in jail he could divulge it; he certainly won't if he is dead.’
    • ‘I cannot recall another such memorial which so succinctly embraces the horror, waste and inglorious squalor of its theme.’
    • ‘Byron's inglorious season sunk to new depths on Sunday with 82-6 and 76-6 losses to South Grafton in first and reserve grades.’
    • ‘English tourists, outraged by the gloating - despite our inglorious failure to qualify for the tournament ourselves - are threatening to pick up their ball and walk away, taking their cash with them.’
    • ‘During the two inglorious years preceding the Emergency, the country had seemed on the verge of a catastrophe.’
    shameful, dishonourable, ignominious, discreditable, disgraceful, humiliating, mortifying, demeaning, shaming, ignoble, abject, unheroic, undignified, wretched, shabby
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    1. 1.1 Not famous or renowned.
      • ‘In very truth the sole punishment of ill-livers is an inglorious obscurity’
      • ‘His women reflect ‘silences’ that represent ‘mute inglorious beings’ whose waking hours are a struggle for survival.’
      • ‘The life of the powerful wonderworker would have ended in ignoble solitude and inglorious obscurity.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin inglorius (from in- (expressing negation) + gloria ‘glory’) + -ous.