noun in·dig·ni·ty \in-ˈdig-nə-tē\

: an act or occurrence that hurts someone's dignity or pride : an insulting or embarrassing act or occurrence

plural in·dig·ni·ties

Full Definition of INDIGNITY

a :  an act that offends against a person's dignity or self-respect :  insult
b :  humiliating treatment
obsolete :  lack or loss of dignity or honor

Examples of INDIGNITY

  1. He remembers all the indignities he had to suffer in the early years of his career.
  2. We must endure the indignities of growing old.
  3. He suffered the indignity of being forced to leave the courtroom.
  4. The indignity of it all was too much to bear.


Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus
First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with INDIGNITY

INDIGNITY Defined for Kids


noun in·dig·ni·ty \in-ˈdig-nə-tē\
plural in·dig·ni·ties

Definition of INDIGNITY for Kids

:  an act that injures a person's dignity or self-respect <She remembers every insult, every indignity.>
:  treatment that shows a lack of respect <He suffered the indignity of being fired.>


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