[ in-dig-ni-tee ]
/ ɪnˈdɪg nɪ ti /

noun, plural in·dig·ni·ties.

an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.

Nearby words

  1. indign,
  2. indignance,
  3. indignant,
  4. indignantly,
  5. indignation,
  6. indigo,
  7. indigo blue,
  8. indigo bunting,
  9. indigo carmine,
  10. indigo snake

Origin of indignity

1575–85; < Latin indignitās unworthiness, equivalent to indign(us) indign + -itās -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indignity


/ (ɪnˈdɪɡnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -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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