/ig'neuh min"ee euhs/, adj.
1. marked by or attended with ignominy; discreditable; humiliating: an ignominious retreat.
2. bearing or deserving ignominy; contemptible.
[1375-1425; late ME < L ignominiosus. See IGNOMINY, -OUS]
Syn. 1. degrading, disgraceful, dishonorable, shameful. 2. despicable, ignoble.

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