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ignominy

If you walk into class in your underwear, you'll know what the word ignominy means. Ignominy is a noun meaning great public shame, disgrace, or embarrassment, or a situation or event that causes this.

The shame can be major or minor: someone can suffer the ignominy of defeat or the ignominies of old age. When pronouncing this word, the main accent is on the first syllable, and the secondary accent is on the third syllable. Ignominy is from Latin the ignominia, formed from the prefix in-, "no, not," plus nomen, "name." The implication is that if someone has suffered ignominy, they have lost their good name or reputation.

Definitions of ignominy
  1. noun
    a state of dishonor
    “suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison”
    synonyms: disgrace, shame
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    humiliation
    state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
    obloquy, opprobrium
    state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
    odium
    state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
    reproach
    disgrace or shame
    abasement, abjection, degradation
    a low or downcast state
    type of:
    dishonor, dishonour
    a state of shame or disgrace
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