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ignominy

Definition:

a state of dishonor

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Related to:

ignominious

Plural:

ignominies

Type of:

dishonor » standing » status » state

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison

Synonyms:

disgrace | shame

Etymology:

French ignominie, from Old French, from Latin ignōminia: i-, in-, not; see "in-"...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Shame

is, variously, an affect, emotion, cognition, state, or condition. The roots of the word shame are thought to derive from an older word meaning "to cover"; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively, is a natural expression of shame... (39 of 2857 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural] | dishonour [synonym, sense-specific] | ignominious [adjective, derived]

disgrace or public shame; dishonour | a cause of disgrace; a shameful act (12 of 529 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ignominy

Merriam-Webster:

ignominy | ignominies [plural] | discredit [synonym, sense-specific] | disesteem [synonym, sense-specific] | dishonor [synonym, sense-specific] | disrepute [synonym, sense-specific] | disgrace [synonym, sense-specific] | infamy [synonym, sense-specific] | obloquy [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

deep personal humiliation and disgrace | disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action (12 of 150 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ignominy

American Heritage Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Great personal dishonor or humiliation. | Shameful or disgraceful action, conduct, or character. (12 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ignominy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ignominy [countable/uncountable, formal] | ignominies [plural]

a situation where you feel embarrassed and lose other people's respect (11 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ignominy

Oxford Dictionary:

ignominy

public shame or disgrace (4 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ignominy

New World Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

loss of one's reputation; shame and dishonor; infamy | disgraceful, shameful, or contemptible quality, behavior, or act (16 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ignominy

Random House Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [sense-specific, plural]

disgrace; dishonor; public contempt. | shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this. (15 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ignominy

Wiktionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Great dishonor, shame, or humiliation. (5 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ignominy

Cambridge Dictionary:

ignominy [literary]

public embarrassment (2 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ignominy

Encarta Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

a total loss of dignity and self-respect, or an incurring of public disgrace | a disgraceful act (formal) (17 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620068​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Origin: French ignominie, from Old French, from Latin ignōminia: i-, in-, not; see "in-" [entry 1] + nōmen, ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

First use: 1540

Origin: Middle French or Latin; Middle French ignominie, from Latin ignominia, from ig- (as in ignorare to be ignorant of, ignore) ... (21 of 25 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ignominy

Oxford Dictionary:

ignominy

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: French ignominie or Latin ignominia, from in- "not" + a variant of nomen "name"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ignominy

Online Etymology:

ignominy

First use: 1530s

Origin: French ignominie (15th century), from Latin ignominia "disgrace, dishonor". Also sometimes shortened to ignomy.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ignominy

Collins Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin ignōminia disgrace, from ig- (see in-2) + nōmen name, reputation

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ignominy

New World Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Origin: French ignominie from Latin ignominia from in-, no, not + nomen, "name"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ignominy

Wiktionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Origin: French ignominie, from Latin ignominia, from ig- ("not") + nomen ("name").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ignominy

Encarta Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin ignominia "lacking name" from nomin- "name, reputation"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861620068​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ignominy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ignominy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ignominy [countable/uncountable, formal] | ignominies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ignominy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ignominy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ignominy [countable/uncountable, formal] | ignominies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ignominy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ignominy

Cambridge Dictionary:

ignominy [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ignominy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ignominy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ignominy

the Free Dictionary:

ignominy

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ignominy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "ignominy" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ignominy

Google Dictionary:

ignominy | ignominies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ignominy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ignominy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ignominy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ignomi​02 word=ignominy

YourDictionary Audio:

ignominy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ignominy" by speech synthesizer

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