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Merriam-Webster’s
Word of the Day
July 11
 
ignominious
 
\ig-nuh-MIN-ee-us\   Audio Pronunciation
adjective
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Meaning
     1 : marked with or characterized by disgrace or shame : dishonorable
     2 : deserving of shame or infamy : despicable
    *3 : humiliating, degrading
 
Example Sentence
     The director's first film was an ignominious failure, panned by critics and ignored by moviegoers.
 
     
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     The "-nom-" of "ignominious" comes from "nomen," the Latin word for "name" or “repute.” (It's also the root of "misnomer," "nomenclature," and "nominal," among others.) The "ig-" part of the word is akin to the negative prefix "in-"; when joined to the root "-nom-," it indicates the namelessness that goes with shame or dishonor. To suffer an ignominious fate is to lose the opportunity to make a name for oneself or to lose one’s good name. When "ignominious" was first borrowed from a French form of the word in the 15th century, it meant "disgraced" or "dishonorable." "Ignominious" continues to have such meanings, but it also has somewhat milder meanings — "embarrassing" and "humiliating."
 
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.
 
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