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ignominy (noun) shame and public dishonor.

A person faces ignominy if they do something disgraceful. A defeat in a prestigious contest is an ignominy. To lose honor in public is an ignominy. To be dismissed from a post on charges of corruption and misconduct is an ignominy.

  • Unable to bear the ignominy of being convicted for corruption of which he was not guilty, he preferred death to disgrace and hanged himself.
  • The team faced the ignominy of the third consecutive defeat of the season, and the people of the country blamed the members of the team for their disgraceful performance in the matches.
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