ignominy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ignominy a state of dishonor "one mistake brought shame to all his family","suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ignominy An act deserving disgrace; an infamous act.
    • Ignominy Public disgrace or dishonor; reproach; infamy. "Their generals have been received with honor after their defeat; yours with ignominy after conquest.""Vice begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy .""Ignominy is the infliction of such evil as is made dishonorable, or the deprivation of such good as is made honorable by the Commonwealth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ignominy Infliction of disgrace or dishonor; the state of being degraded or held in contempt; infamy.
    • n ignominy That which brings disgrace or shameful reproach; a cause or source of dishonor.
    • n ignominy Synonyms Obloquy, Opprobrium, Infamy, Ignominy. These words all started from the idea of one's being talked about shamefully, so that one's name or fame is in great dishonor. Obloquy still stays at that point; opprobrium has taken up somewhat of the general idea of being held in contempt, whether the contempt is expressed or not; infamy carries the evil repute to an extreme, abhorrence and loathing being now a part of the idea; ignominy expresses that peculiarly passive state of being in disgrace by which one is despised and neglected, or it may express the result of official treatment, judicial action, or personal conduct. Ignominy may be supposed to be the state most humbling and painful to the person concerned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ignominy ig′nō-min-i the loss of one's good name: public disgrace: infamy—formerly also Ig′nomy
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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. ignominia, ignominy (i.e., a deprivation of one's good name); in-, not + nomen, name: cf. F. ignominie,. See In- not, and Name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ignominiain, not, gnomen, nomen, name.

Usage

In literature:

Between them they concocted a plot to bring the unfortunate young man to an ignominious death.
"Capitola the Madcap" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
I look around me to see nothing but abandonment, ignominy, and despair!
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
And besides, how should these worthy souls have ever dreamed of anything so ignominious?
"Pierre and Jean" by Guy de Maupassant
So you needn't think that the role of shoe buyer is an ignominious one.
"The Star of Gettysburg" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He was replaced by Harlay in 1689; and lived in ignominy for four years more.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
He longed to see the haughty Duchesse de Sairmeuse subjected to the vilest ignominy, Martial in the hands of the lowest of the low.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
Fear of the ignominy, suspense, and danger which confession would entail sealed my lips.
"The Leavenworth Case" by Anna Katherine Green
No man durst treat me so ignominiously.
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
Sometimes we obtain it by an ignominious surrender, when we should possess it by conquest.
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
She saw the situation, so pathetic and so ignominious!
"Sisters" by Ada Cambridge
There is no ignominy in death.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
I won't bear that ignominy.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
He could have wept at the bitter ignominy that severed him from Rose.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
You have escaped the ignominious penalty altogether.
"Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter" by August Strindberg
The day of judgment occurred, the grave opened, and he was thrown out with ignominy, but ignominy unpublished.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
He writhed under the ignominy of it.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
V.iii.159 (436,5) he lets me prate,/Like one i' the stocks] Keep me in a state of ignominy talking to no purpose.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
This source was gone, and all they had now was an ignominious fourteen shillings a week, which Peckaby earned.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
That very night Adalbert was seized ignominiously and dragged before the Emperor.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
He recognised in those few seconds the ignominy of peace.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

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
He censured those empirics
Who never heal an ill,
Though bound by their diplomas
To either cure or kill,
Who should, with ignominy crowned,
Their patients follow--under ground.
"On The Common" by Hattie Howard
It ain't the rum, it ain't the beer --
Oh, 'ow I wish it was! --
That brings me ignominy 'ere.
'Ave pity, sir, becos
It was the demon milk, I vows,
That made me pinch that 'erd of cows."
"The Demon Milk" by C J Dennis

In news:

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.
The day of Eliot Spitzer's ignominious resignation, I reread one of the most splenetic dissents in the recent history of the Supreme Court: the jeremiad Antonin Scalia wrote in response to the Lawrence v. Texas ruling that legalized sodomy.
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.
Reading about General Petraeus' affair with Paula Broadwell and General Allen's voluminous correspondence with Jill Kelley -- and their ignominious fall from grace -- brings to mind the Egyptian myth, Osiris.
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.
In an email Friday, the Washington Post promised "an ignominious first for Date Lab," the Post Magazine 's blind-date feature.
Of Latin origin, ignominy means "a state of disgrace, dishonor".
Osama bin Laden's was an ignominious death.
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