- The definition of ignominious is something that is contemptible or degrading, or that makes you deserving of public shame.
An example of ignominious is a crushing defeat in an election that shames your party.
- characterized by or bringing on ignominy; shameful; dishonorable; disgraceful
- contemptible; despicable
- degrading; humiliating
Origin of ignominiousFrench ignominieux ; from Classical Latin ignominiosus
- Characterized by or deserving shame or disgrace: “It was an ignominious end &ellipsis; as a desperate mutiny by a handful of soldiers blossomed into full-scale revolt” (Harry Anderson).
- Degrading; debasing: “The young people huddled with their sodden gritty towels and ignominious goosebumps inside the gray-shingled bathhouse” (John Updike).