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ignominious

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EtymologyEdit

From French or Old French ignominieux, from Latin ignōminiōsus (disgraceful), from ignōminia (loss of a good name, ignominy), from ig- (not) + nomen (name) (prefix assimilated form of in-). Surface analysis ignominy +‎ -ious.

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  • IPA(key): /ɪɡnəˈmɪnɪəs/
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AdjectiveEdit

ignominious (comparative more ignominious, superlative most ignominious)

  1. Marked by shame or disgrace.
    • 1902, Thomas Ebenezer Webb, The Mystery of William Shakespeare: A Summary of Evidence, page 242:
      Greene died of a debauch; and Marlowe, the gracer of tragedians, perished in an ignominious brawl.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      In sheer malignity, thinking to set back our plans and avenge himself for his ignominious expulsion, this traitor has crept here under cover of night and destroyed our work of nearly a year.

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