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[ig-nuh-min-ee, ig-nom-uh-nee] /ˈɪg nəˌmɪn i, ɪgˈnɒm ə ni/

noun, plural ignominies for 2.
disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.
noun (pl) -minies
disgrace or public shame; dishonour
a cause of disgrace; a shameful act

1530s, back-formation from ignominious or else from Middle French ignominie (15c.), from Latin ignominia “disgrace, dishonor” (see ignominious). Also sometimes shortened to ignomy.


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