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indignity

[in-dig-ni-tee]
noun, plural in·dig·ni·ties.
  1. an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
  2. Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.
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Origin of indignity

1575–85; < Latin indignitās unworthiness, equivalent to indign(us) indign + -itās -ity

Synonyms

1. outrage. See insult.
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Related Words

opprobriuminjusticeinsultobloquygrievanceaffrontslightslurtauntdishonordiscourtesyslapcontumelydisrespectput-downabusesnuboutrageinjuryreproach

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British Dictionary definitions for indignities

indignity

noun plural -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 indignities

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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