What does ignominious mean?

Definitions for ignominiousˌɪg nəˈmɪn i əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ignominious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful(adj)

    (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"


  1. ignominious(Adjective)

    Marked by shame or disgrace.

  2. Origin: From or ignominieux, from ignominiosus, from ignominia, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignominious(adj)

    marked with ignominy; in curring public disgrace; dishonorable; shameful

  2. Ignominious(adj)

    deserving ignominy; despicable

  3. Ignominious(adj)

    humiliating; degrading; as, an ignominious judgment or sentence

  4. Origin: [L. ignominiosus: cf. F. ignominieux.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignominious in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignominious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve:

    Everything will be done to identify, arrest and judge the perpetrator or perpetrators of this ignominious act.

  2. H. L. Mencken:

    The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful.

  3. George Orwell:

    To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.

  4. Herman Melville, Moby Dick:

    Men may seem detestable as joint stock-companies and nations; knaves, fools, and murderers there may be; men may have mean and meagre faces; but man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes.

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