Ignominy It is a word that comes from Latin ignominy and refers to the public affront . The etymology of the term is related to in-nomen ("Nameless" ) since that is the effect caused by dishonorable actions known as ignominias.
The ignominy, in short, is a offense that is carried out publicly and that is visible by the members of a community . The victim of ignominy may feel embarrassed by the action and suffer social discredit.
The ignominious behavior, in general, seeks to expose the weaknesses of the neighbor so that he experiences shame, a situation that is expressed through the blushing of the face and the look at the floor, for example. The ignominy is a procedure that does not take into account the evil it causes or even wants to cause it.
One of the historical figures that has spoken the most about the term that concerns us now is the Prussian philosopher and intellectual Karl Marx. Specifically, this figure, father of Marxism and modern communism, what came to be clear is that ignominy to be considered as such should be conscious, should be made public.
However, in addition to all of the above, we cannot ignore that term was used in the era of absolute power of the Roman Empire. At that time it was used to refer to a military punishment that was established by the censors and that could consist of several things: descend several degrees, expose the person publicly without wearing the military girdle or order him to attack from the first positions to the sides enemies.
In the same way, we cannot ignore the fact that ignominy is also used to refer to an action that is carried out and that is a real attack on the beauty of something or someone. A clear example of this is the following phrase: "It is an ignominy to have ravaged and destroyed the natural park that was the green lung of the area through logging."
Another use of the concept of ignominy is linked to the situations of injustice . In this sense, ignominy is understood as a kind of stain that undermines dignity or civilization: “Poverty is an ignominy that should shame all the people of the first world”, “An ignominy like child malnutrition cannot be tolerated by the Argentine government”.
An ignominy can be caused by the individual who has a certain power or authority in front of a community: “The president committed the ignominy of raising his salary when our retirees starve to death”, "The ignominy of the governor is unacceptable: his actions must be condemned with the full weight of the law".
At present we can say that ignominy has become very present in our society as a result of the emergence in the light of countless cases in which political leaders have made all kinds of fraud, deception and have managed to enrich themselves through appropriation undue money from public funds or illegal origin.