Ignominy Ig"no*min*y, n.; pl. {Ignominies}. [L. ignominia ignominy (i.e., a deprivation of one's good name); in- not + nomen name: cf. F. ignominie. See {In-} not, and {Name}.] 1. Public disgrace or dishonor; reproach; infamy. [1913 Webster]

Their generals have been received with honor after their defeat; yours with ignominy after conquest. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Vice begins in mistake, and ends in ignominy. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

Ignominy is the infliction of such evil as is made dishonorable, or the deprivation of such good as is made honorable by the Commonwealth. --Hobbes. [1913 Webster]

2. An act deserving disgrace; an infamous act.

Syn: Opprobrium; reproach; dishonor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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