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

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I was subjected to the indignity of questioning by many men.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • He was not afraid, but he did not relish the indignity that was proposed.

  • I was angry at the time, at the indignity I was forced to endure.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Her voice hinted that this was an indignity which need not have been put upon her.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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