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indignity

[in-dig-ni-tee] /ɪnˈdɪg nɪ ti/
noun, plural indignities.
1.
an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
2.
Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.
Origin of indignity
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin indignitās unworthiness, equivalent to indign(us) indign + -itās -ity
Synonyms
1. outrage. See insult.
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  • Lady Rookwood's rage and vexation at this indignity were beyond all bounds.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I will spare you the indignity of an arrest until I know more.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • 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
  • Being your father, he would never 94 stoop to any indignity.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • 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

indignity

/ɪnˈdɪɡnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
injury to one's self-esteem or dignity; humiliation
2.
(obsolete) disgrace or disgraceful character or conduct
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Word Origin and History for indignity
n.

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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