indignity

[ 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.

Origin of indignity

1575–85; < Latin indignitās unworthiness, equivalent to indign(us) indign + -itās -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for indignity

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

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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