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indignity

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noun in·dig·ni·ty \in-ˈdig-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of indignity

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

Full Definition of indignity

plural in·dig·ni·ties

  1. 1 a :  an act that offends against a person's dignity or self-respect :  insult b :  humiliating treatment

  2. 2 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.



Origin of indignity

Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus


First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with indignity


INDIGNITY Defined for Kids

indignity

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noun in·dig·ni·ty \in-ˈdig-nə-tē\

Definition of indignity

plural in·dig·ni·ties

  1. 1 :  an act that injures a person's dignity or self-respect <She remembers every insult, every indignity.>

  2. 2 :  treatment that shows a lack of respect <He suffered the indignity of being fired.>





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