- an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
- Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.
Origin of indignity
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Examples from the Web for indignities
And the idea of a hidden-camera video showing real-life examples of the indignities women face is hardly an original one.Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
I read it in their papers describing the thousand daily cuts and fears and indignities.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
Most of us hate the indignities of air travel but for some Americans, Sikhs especially, airport security is humiliating.Flying While Sikh: Why Racial Profiling Matters
Simran Jeet Singh
November 27, 2013
Still, my mother and I maintain hope that she can return someday, without the indignities of interrogation.On Yom Kippur, Remember My Palestinian Mother
September 10, 2013
Millions of tall Americans suffer these indignities silently, because there has been no one to give us voice.How Can the Republicans Take Back the Majority?
November 9, 2012
Bussi and his other dependents were offered a thousand indignities.Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Complete
Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre
Poverty, contumely, indignities of all sorts, met him wherever he turned.
They offered no indignities, such as would have been our fortune in olden days.The Fiery Totem
What other indignities have you in store for me, or in what other light am I next to figure?The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
Mr. Baxter and the two boys submitted with what grace they could to these indignities.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
- injury to one's self-esteem or dignity; humiliation
- obsolete disgrace or disgraceful character or conduct
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.