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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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  • Lady Rookwood's rage and vexation at this indignity were beyond all bounds.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He was trying hard not to cry, not from pain, but from the indignity he had suffered.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • He walked out of the town with his anger and resentment still hot in his heart at the indignity of the whole affair.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • I was subjected to the indignity of questioning by many men.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • An indignity like this, which can not be resented, is one which the young mind feels always most anxious to resent.

    Charlemont W. Gilmore Simms
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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