Word of the day: IGNOMINY

\IG-nuh-min-ee, ig-NOM-uh-nee\

1. disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
2. shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.
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 hour of public ignominy.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850