inglorious

Something inglorious is shameful or disgraceful. An inglorious end to a politician's career might include evidence that he bought people's votes and lied about his educational background.

You could call World War II a generally inglorious period in Germany's history, or talk about a southern US city with an inglorious record of bias against African Americans. And if your favorite basketball team loses every game, they have an inglorious season. Inglorious adds the "not" prefix in- to glorious, from its Latin root gloriosus, "full of glory" or "famous."

Definitions of inglorious
  1. adjective
    (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
    inglorious defeat”
    synonyms: black, disgraceful, ignominious, opprobrious, shameful
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
  2. adjective
    not bringing honor and glory
    “some mute inglorious Milton here may rest”
    Synonyms:
    obscure, unknown, unsung
    not famous or acclaimed
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
    unknown
    not known
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    glorious
    having or deserving or conferring glory
    bright
    splendid
    celebrated, historied, storied
    having an illustrious past
    divine, elysian, inspired
    being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods
    empyreal, empyrean, sublime
    inspiring awe
    illustrious
    having or conferring glory
    incandescent
    characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance
    lustrous
    brilliant
    known
    apprehended with certainty
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