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.

Origin of indignity

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

Synonyms for indignity

1. outrage. See insult. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indignity

Contemporary Examples of indignity

Historical Examples of indignity

  • 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 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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