ignominy

Part of speech: noun

Public disgrace, or that which causes it.

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Usage examples "ignominy":

  1. The latter, hearing from their boats these insults, resolved that death and fame were better than life and ignominy, and, wounded and worn out as they were, took up their arms and returned to the shore. - "Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I.", John L. Stephens.
  2. It was not until he was almost face to face with his son that he realised who it was; not until then that he felt the full force of shame, ignominy, loathing for himself. - "Jane Cable", George Barr McCutcheon.
  3. I saw around it a frightful crowd, which covered me with confusion, and threw back on me the ignominy of his punishment. - "The Autobiography of Madame Guyon", Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon.