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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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Examples from the web for indignity
  • Now, because of her incredible accomplishments she must be subjected to tests, public humiliation and indignity to split hairs.
  • The tort is clearly not intended to provide legal redress for every slight insult or indignity that one must endure.
  • They must endure the indignity of having their tails yanked and their mouths pried open during the interview.
  • Then there is the indignity of working each and every day with the perceived interloper.
  • He is so overwhelmed by the sheer indignity of being struck with a pie that he simply blacks out.
  • After indignity heaped upon indignity, the bride rebels against her husband when he suffers a stroke.
  • If the statue is banished, it will be the second time it will have suffered such an indignity.
  • That's what makes a lot of this rightwing indignity so ironic.
  • Loeffler rescued him from the indignity of hospital tubes and the inanity of embalming fluid.
  • Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity.
British Dictionary definitions for indignity


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 indignity

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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