[ig-nuh-min-ee-uh s] /ˌɪg nəˈmɪn i əs/

marked by or attended with ; discreditable; humiliating:
an ignominious retreat.
bearing or deserving ; contemptible.

early 15c., from Middle French ignominieux (14c.) or directly from Latin ignominiosus “disgraceful, shameful,” from ignominia “loss of a (good) name,” from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + nomen (genitive nominis) “name” (see name). Influenced by Old Latin gnoscere “come to know.” Related: Ignominiously; ignominiousness.


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