inglorious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inglorious not bringing honor and glory "some mute inglorious Milton here may rest"
    • adj inglorious (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
    • Inglorious Not glorious; not bringing honor or glory; not accompanied with fame, honor, or celebrity; obscure; humble; as, an inglorious life of ease. "My next desire is, void of care and strife,
      To lead a soft, secure, inglorious life."
      "Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest."
    • Inglorious Shameful; disgraceful; ignominious; as, inglorious flight, defeat, etc. "Inglorious shelter in an alien land."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inglorious Not glorious; without fame or renown; obscure.
    • inglorious Dishonorable; disgraceful; ignominious.
    • inglorious Synonyms Undistinguished, unhonored.
    • inglorious Discreditable, disreputable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inglorious in-glō′ri-us not glorious: without honour: shameful
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inglorious,; pref. in-, not + gloria, glory, fame: cf. F. inglorieux,. See Glory

Usage

In literature:

The summer was gone, and Gen. McClellan, instead of "taking Richmond," had closed his campaign on the Peninsula most ingloriously.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
The opponents of the Administration had some excuse for laughing at the "inglorious and ineffectual war" thus waged.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
We passed many months of inglorious inactivity here until the spring of 1862, when the line of the Potomac was abandoned.
"The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner" by John Wilkinson
Each time she had attempted to injure them she had been ingloriously defeated.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Rich, titled, a real noble, he was at heart an adventurer, a word greatly abused these inglorious days.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
He had a brief and inglorious career in Scotland.
"Andrew Melville" by William Morison
He met the jury straggling out with the crestfallen air of men conscious of an inglorious performance.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
An enchanting legend regarding the first wife of Count Rodolphe illuminates the dismal story of his inglorious reign.
"The Counts of Gruyère" by Mrs. Reginald de Koven
But now has he plotted an evil fraud, and orders me to return inglorious to Argos, after I have lost much people.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
The other military operations on the northern frontier were scarcely less inglorious.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Mute inglorious Miltons were buried in country churchyards.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
But it was not the will of Fate that the name of Osbaldistone should make any figure in that short and inglorious campaign.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
Only those who died ingloriously were her guests.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
So far as France was concerned, it was an inglorious close.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Their King stood ingloriously on the opposite bank, unable to do anything.
"Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt" by James Baikie
CONGRESS took charge of the reconstruction, and the new government of South Carolina fell to pieces, after a brief and inglorious existence.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
There may be mute, inglorious Miltons, but Art struggles for expression.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
No improvements in naval affairs were introduced during his inglorious and disastrous reign.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Three favorites are ingloriously beaten.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
Yet god, at all events, honors an inglorious victory.
"Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus
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In poetry:

Blushing at such inglorious reign,
I sometimes strive to break her chain,
My reason summon to my aid,
Resolved no more to be betray’d.
""To fix her!—’twere a task as vain"" by Tobias Smollett
Let Spoil and Victory adorn the Bold,
While I inglorious neither hope nor fear,
Perish the Thirst of Honour, Thirst of Gold,
E'er for my Absence Delia lose a Tear:
"Elegy XI" by James Hammond
Inglorious now the chieftain stands,
A captive on his native sands,
The golden spot;
The ransom asked, his kingdom whole,
But the proud purpose of his soul
Will humble not.
"King Kobbena Eljen" by George Hannibal Temple
Could we but view the pleasures that await,
In Heaven above, in that immortal state,
Content no more with life's inglorious way,
To dust would haste this ever-drooping clay.
"Elegy" by George Hannibal Temple
"And wouldst thou have this mighty arm,
That shakes the lance when war's alarm
Demands the brave,
Thus give, in one inglorious day,
My realms to England's haughty sway,
As though a slave?
"King Kobbena Eljen" by George Hannibal Temple
Inglorious praise! though Judgment's self admired
Those wanton strains which Virtue blush'd to hear;
While pamper'd Passion from the scene retired,
With wilder rage to urge his fierce career.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Attended the DVD release party for Quentin Tarantino's latest opus, " Inglorious Basterds" in LA.
Universal uses m-commerce banners for ' Inglorious Basterds' promotion.
Rihanna Looks Glorious For ' Inglorious '.
Despite some questionable Johnny Bravo by way of "Something About Mary" hair, Rihanna looked so good it hurt at the London premiere of " Inglorious Basterds" this afternoon.
Quentin Tarantino's " Inglorious Basterds" is easily one of my top five most anticipated films of the year.
INTERVIEWS Quentin Tarantino Talks ' Inglorious Basterds' Soundtrack.
Morricone accepts ' Inglorious ' offer.
Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds (sic) looks like it will be awesome.
All Blogs Phlog Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds (sic) looks like it will be awesome.
Inglorious Lets Loose in Ontario Lassie .
Inglorious impresses in the Ontario Lassie .
Inglorious Leads Carroll Tandem in Selene .
The Southwestern College men's water polo team finished an inglorious 1-24 last season, with the lone victory coming in the final game of the season.
Ta-Nehisi Coates ponders Django Unchained, the Quentin Tarantino slavery revenge flick in the vein of Inglorious Basterds.
Academy Award nominated actor and Director Eli Roth joined the Mantis Militia shortly after he and our Company Founder became friends after meeting at the Premiere of his movie Inglorious Basterds.
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