1. marked by shame or disgrace 2. deserving disgrace or shame; despicable 3. degrading; debasing

This word appears in Jose Saramago’s new novel Seeing: “It seemed, therefore, that the high political office promised to the interior minister had been cut short at birth, that he was fated, after having come so close to touching the sun, to be drowned ignominiously in the hellespont…”

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