from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great personal dishonor or humiliation.
- n. Shameful or disgraceful action, conduct, or character.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Great dishonor, shame, or humiliation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Public disgrace or dishonor; reproach; infamy.
- n. An act deserving disgrace; an infamous act.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Infliction of disgrace or dishonor; the state of being degraded or held in contempt; infamy.
- n. That which brings disgrace or shameful reproach; a cause or source of dishonor.
- n. Synonyms Obloquy, Opprobrium, Infamy, Ignominy. These words all started from the idea of one's being talked about shamefully, so that one's name or fame is in great dishonor. Obloquy still stays at that point; opprobrium has taken up somewhat of the general idea of being held in contempt, whether the contempt is expressed or not; infamy carries the evil repute to an extreme, abhorrence and loathing being now a part of the idea; ignominy expresses that peculiarly passive state of being in disgrace by which one is despised and neglected, or it may express the result of official treatment, judicial action, or personal conduct. Ignominy may be supposed to be the state most humbling and painful to the person concerned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of dishonor
French ignominie, from Old French, from Latin ignōminia : i-, in-, not; see in-1 + nōmen, gnōmen, name (influenced by gnōscere, to know); see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ignominie, from Latin ignominia, from ig- ("not") + nomen ("name"). (Wiktionary)