• WordNet 3.6
    • n ignominiousness unworthiness meriting public disgrace and dishonor
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  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “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?”


In literature:

Beppo ignominiously confessed that he had not heard of this second duel.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
Temple was in distress of spirits because of his having been ignominiously bought off.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
She had no right to retain the family jewels; she had the most perfect of established rights to refuse doing an ignominious thing.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
He had been ignominiously thrashed!
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
To our boyish feelings (to mine especially) there was no ignominy like it, while it lasted.
"Basil" by Wilkie Collins
To escape the ignominy of such a death, he anticipated it by his own hand.
"The Vigilance Committee of '56" by James O'Meara
It was the whipping-post, where white men, for small thefts, were branded with ignominy and shame.
"Manuel Pereira" by F. C. Adams
If Scott's explanation be the true one, it still leaves Swift exposed to ignominy as a monster of ingratitude.
"Famous Affinities of History V4" by Lyndon Orr
If Scott's explanation be the true one, it still leaves Swift exposed to ignominy as a monster of ingratitude.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
His triumphs were but few, his fall ignominious.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley

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
"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:

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.
Vicky Hartzler quickly becomes object of derision in D.C. Vicky Hartzler is off to an ignominious start.
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 .
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".
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".