The definition of ignominy is a state of disgrace, dishonor or shame.
An example of ignominy is the state of a person being displayed in public stocks.
- loss of one's reputation; shame and dishonor; infamy
- pl. -·min·ies disgraceful, shameful, or contemptible quality, behavior, or act
Origin of ignominyFrench ignominie from Classical Latin ignominia from in-, no, not + nomen, name
- Great personal dishonor or humiliation: a military adventure that ended in ignominy.
- An instance or source of this: had suffered many ignominies because of his insensitivity.
Origin of ignominyFrench ignominie from Old French from Latin ignōminia in-, i- not ; see in- 1. nōmen name ( influenced by gnōscere to know ); see nō-men- in Indo-European roots.