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Oct 27 2020 24

Ignominy is a noun that refers to deep humiliation or disgrace.

The root Latin word of ignominy is nomen (NO men) which means ‘name’ or ‘repute.’ When a person’s name has been disgraced they have suffered great harm to their name or reputation. Our word of the day is used to capture this sense of humiliation. For example: Becoming class valedictorian was a great source of pride for Thomas. But when he was discovered cheating on his finals exams, that pride was replaced by ignominy.