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ignominious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ignominious (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson","an ignominious retreat","inglorious defeat","an opprobrious monument to human greed","a shameful display of cowardice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ignominious Deserving ignominy; despicable. "One single, obscure, ignominious projector."
    • Ignominious Humiliating; degrading; as, an ignominious judgment or sentence.
    • Ignominious Marked with ignominy; incurring public disgrace; dishonorable; shameful. "Then first with fear surprised and sense of pain,
      Fled ignominious ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ignominious Marked with ignominy; incurring or attended with disgrace; degrading; shameful; infamous: as, ignominious punishment; ignominious intrigues.
    • ignominious Deserving ignominy; despicable in character; contemptible.
    • ignominious Synonyms Disgraceful, opprobrious, disreputable. See ignominy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ignominious dishonourable: marked with ignominy: contemptible: mean
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Quotations

  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ignominiosus,: cf. F. ignominieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ignominiain, not, gnomen, nomen, name.

Usage

In literature:

She would be scolded, abused, ignominiously discharged.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
The defendant is run to earth and ignominiously haled to court.
"Courts and Criminals" by Arthur Train
I am not suited for that kind of ignominy.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
She knew how to endure even ignominy with grace, and what words the raging old woman poured out upon her!
"Homo Sum, Complete" by Georg Ebers
It is disgrace and ignominy even to be named in the same breath!
"Serapis, Complete" by Georg Ebers
He had swallowed all that dust, and borne that heat for nothing, and to-morrow he must ignominiously go through it all again!
"The Bride of the Nile, Complete" by Georg Ebers
They open new cemeteries, but they leave us to our ignominy.
"Sketches New and Old, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A poor creature he was, to pass from this tale as he entered it, ignominiously and finally here.
"Mrs. Falchion, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
She must bear the ignominy which had been heaped upon Dyck Calhoun's head.
"No Defense, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
In all his wars, he never received any signal or ignominious defeat, except twice in Germany, under his lieutenants Lollius and Varus.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
Meantime tea was to be brought in by the cook, and the two naughty children were to have theirs in an ignominious manner in the kitchen.
"The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot
Was the economy of saving six dollars per man worth to the Treasury the ignominy of the repudiation?
"Army Life in a Black Regiment" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Canst thou consent to bear thyself to thy own grave, So ignominiously to be dried up?
"The Death of Wallenstein" by Friedrich Schiller
Our honor lies upon thy fatal plains Defeat most ignominious and burlesque!
"The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
But he fails ignominiously when put to the hard test of action.
"Rudin" by Ivan Turgenev
We may die; die colonists; die slaves; die, it may be ignominiously, and on the scaffold.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
He was hooted and jeered by the multitude, and obliged to take ignominious shelter in a cab.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
Can he seem other than impotent, wooden, ignominious?
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
I shall proceed to state the principal events and features which have rendered that reign both noted and ignominious.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
What must it have been with this complication of ignominy, base, humiliating, and public?
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
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In poetry:

Ignominy and pain you knew,
The lash, the scourge,
You, the perfect molten metal
Of my darkened forge.
"Christ's Bounty" by Anonymous Irish
But ashen hues suffice
(The long ignominy
Of inert memory)
Who stemmed from that great tree,
That flamed with fire and ice.
"The Winter Rose" by Marya Zaturenska
The mockery of trial came,
And follow'd swift the words of doom;
But ignominy, woe, and shame
Were far from her — her dungeon-tomb
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
Unscathed he stood, the Man of Ice.
Each shaft, with torrid anger fired,
Just spluttered feebly once or twice,
Then ignominiously expired.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
"But though he should be dragg'd in scorn
To yonder ignominious tree;
He shall not want one constant friend
To share the cruel Fates' decree."
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
"But though, dear youth, thou should'st be dragged
To yonder ignominious tree,
Thou shalt not want a faithful friend
To share thy bitter fate with thee."
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley

In news:

Scholars have long tried to make sense out of one of the oddities of the archaeological world —bodies pulled from ignominious burials in cold water bogs everywhere from Ireland to Russia.
When Governor Paterson hit 26 percent approval in a poll earlier this month, it was such a startling drop that we made a graph detailing his road to ignominy.
Uganda's ignominious anti-gay bill is back in play.
A Dictator's Arc of Power Ends in Utter Ignominy .
AP Photo/Chuck BurtonBobcats fans are stuck with the ignominy of rooting for the worst NBA team ever.
What the company doesn't want you to know about its ignominious start.
A Dictator's Arc of Power Ends in Utter Ignominy.
Once again, the hosts' batsmen failed to shine and it was left to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to save India from total ignominy with a hard-fought 83 not out.
In an administration of ignominious firsts aimed at "fundamentally transforming America," one tends to lose track of the new "lows".
Talk about a field littered with ignominious failures.
Uganda's ignominious anti-gay bill is back in play .
At age 23, Patrick Moran's political career has come to an abrupt and ignominious end.
2011 has come to an end and with it a somewhat ignominious end to Year One of King John's reign.
Barclays' global ignominy proceeds apace.
Of Latin origin, ignominy means "a state of disgrace, dishonor".
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