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Borrowed from French ignominie, from Latin ignōminia, from ig- (not) + nomen (name) (prefix assimilated form of in-).



ignominy (countable and uncountable, plural ignominies)

  1. Great dishonor, shame, or humiliation.
    • 2014, Daniel Taylor, England and Wayne Rooney see off Scotland in their own back yard (in The Guardian, 18 November 2014)[1]
      It was tribal, almost relentless and, in the case of the official England band, there was a degree of ignominy, too, for repeatedly playing a tune for which the words go “Fuck the IRA”, something that could lead to a full breakdown of their relationship with the FA.
    • a. 1994, Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat, Andrews McMeel, →ISBN, page 168:
      Calvin: Our great plan backfired and I'm the one who got soaked! Oh, the shame! The ignominy!

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