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deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
  • ...on the very day when Hester Prynne first wore her ignominious badge,
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (5% in)
ignominious = shameful
  • They know how to spare when they see occasion; and when they strike, the axe may be sharp indeed, but its edge is seldom poisoned with ill-will; nor is it their custom ignominiously to kick the head which they have just struck off.
    Introductory (91% in)
  • ignominiously = shamefully
  • Those who had before known her, and had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud, were astonished, and even startled, to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (44% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys, understanding little of the matter in hand, except that it gave them a half-holiday, ran before her progress, turning their heads continually to stare into her face and at the winking baby in her arms, and at the ignominious letter on her breast.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (57% in)
  • ignominious = shameful
  • The very ideal of ignominy was embodied and made manifest in this contrivance of wood and iron.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (64% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • Thus she will be a living sermon against sin, until the ignominious letter be engraved upon her tombstone.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (33% in)
  • ignominious = shameful
  • Heaven hath granted thee an open ignominy, that thereby thou mayest work out an open triumph over the evil within thee and the sorrow without.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (80% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • Discerning the impracticable state of the poor culprit's mind, the elder clergyman, who had carefully prepared himself for the occasion, addressed to the multitude a discourse on sin, in all its branches, but with continual reference to the ignominious letter.
    Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (93% in)
  • ignominious = shameful
  • I might have known that, as I came out of the vast and dismal forest, and entered this settlement of Christian men, the very first object to meet my eyes would be thyself, Hester Prynne, standing up, a statue of ignominy, before the people.
    Chapter 4 -- The Interview (59% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • The very law that condemned her—a giant of stern features but with vigour to support, as well as to annihilate, in his iron arm—had held her up through the terrible ordeal of her ignominy.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (6% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • Her sin, her ignominy, were the roots which she had struck into the soil.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (18% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • But sometimes, once in many days, or perchance in many months, she felt an eye—a human eye—upon the ignominious brand, that seemed to give a momentary relief, as if half of her agony were shared.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (82% in)
  • ignominious = shameful
  • The mother herself—as if the red ignominy were so deeply scorched into her brain that all her conceptions assumed its form—had carefully wrought out the similitude, lavishing many hours of morbid ingenuity to create an analogy between the object of her affection and the emblem of her guilt and torture.
    Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (29% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • He looked now more careworn and emaciated than as we described him at the scene of Hester's public ignominy; and whether it were his failing health, or whatever the cause might be, his large dark eyes had a world of pain in their troubled and melancholy depth.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (61% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • It has been related, how, in the crowd that witnessed Hester Prynne's ignominious exposure, stood a man, elderly, travel-worn, who, just emerging from the perilous wilderness, beheld the woman, in whom he hoped to find embodied the warmth and cheerfulness of home, set up as a type of sin before the people.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (1% in)
  • ignominious = bringing disgrace or shame
  • Walking in the shadow of a dream, as it were, and perhaps actually under the influence of a species of somnambulism, Mr. Dimmesdale reached the spot where, now so long since, Hester Prynne had lived through her first hours of public ignominy.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (1% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • Hester Prynne did not now occupy precisely the same position in which we beheld her during the earlier periods of her ignominy.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (10% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • Strengthened by years of hard and solemn trial, she felt herself no longer so inadequate to cope with Roger Chillingworth as on that night, abased by sin and half-maddened by the ignominy that was still new, when they had talked together in the prison-chamber.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (96% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • How dreary looked the forest-track that led backward to the settlement, where Hester Prynne must take up again the burden of her ignominy and the minister the hollow mockery of his good name!
    Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (69% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • Thus we seem to see that, as regarded Hester Prynne, the whole seven years of outlaw and ignominy had been little other than a preparation for this very hour.
    Chapter 18 -- A Flood of Sunshine (20% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • If the minister's voice had not kept her there, there would, nevertheless, have been an inevitable magnetism in that spot, whence she dated the first hour of her life of ignominy.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (72% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • While Hester stood in that magic circle of ignominy, where the cunning cruelty of her sentence seemed to have fixed her for ever, the admirable preacher was looking down from the sacred pulpit upon an audience whose very inmost spirits had yielded to his control.
    Chapter 22 -- The Procession (98% in)
  • ignominy = disgrace
  • And now, almost imperceptible as were the latter steps of his progress, he had come opposite the well-remembered and weather-darkened scaffold, where, long since, with all that dreary lapse of time between, Hester Prynne had encountered the world's ignominious stare.
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (41% in)
  • ignominious = bringing disgrace or shame
  • By bringing me hither, to die this death of triumphant ignominy before the people!
    Chapter 23 -- The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter (98% in)
ignominy = shame
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