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[in-dig-ni-tee] /ɪnˈdɪg nɪ ti/
noun, plural indignities.
an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.
Origin of indignity
1575-85; < Latin indignitās unworthiness, equivalent to indign(us) indign + -itās -ity
1. outrage. See insult. Unabridged
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  • Photographers of the civil rights movement often worked for the cause, capturing courage and indignities alike on film.
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  • The indignities have been unrelenting at times, but they have never outweighed the excellent aspects of being a science professor.
  • People in power should go through all of the difficulties, indignities, and pressures of those that do not.
  • Venting about, processing, and/or moving past the indignities suffered--up to and past the point of trauma--is one thing.
  • To illustrate his points, he followed a hypothetical professor confronting the various indignities of a typical day.
  • If adults were subjected to the same indignities as children.
  • It gave me a kind of private strength that allowed me to withstand certain indignities, confident that everything was temporary.
  • Dread thoughts may be there, as they have always been, but she faces them and the bleak indignities of old age indomitably.
  • The tears that he shed, the indignities that he endured, are not to be measured.
British Dictionary definitions for indignities


noun (pl) -ties
injury to one's self-esteem or dignity; humiliation
(obsolete) disgrace or disgraceful character or conduct
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Word Origin and History for indignities



1580s, "unworthiness," also "unworthy treatment; act intended to expose someone to contempt," from Latin indignitatem (nominative indignitas) "unworthiness, meanness, baseness," also "unworthy conduct, an outrage," noun of quality from indignus "unworthy" (see indignation). Related: Indignities.

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