Definition of indignity
1a : an act that offends against a person's dignity or self-respect : insultb : humiliating treatment
2 obsolete : lack or loss of dignity or honor
Examples of indignity in a sentence
He remembers all the indignities he had to suffer in the early years of his career.
We must endure the indignities of growing old.
He suffered the indignity of being forced to leave the courtroom.
The indignity of it all was too much to bear.
Origin and Etymology of indignity
Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus
First Known Use: 1581
INDIGNITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indignity for English Language Learners
: an act or occurrence that hurts someone's dignity or pride : an insulting or embarrassing act or occurrence
INDIGNITY Defined for Kids
Definition of indignity for Students
1 : an act that injures a person's dignity or self-respect <She remembers every insult, every indignity.>
2 : treatment that shows a lack of respect <He suffered the indignity of being fired.>
Legal Definition of indignity
: persistent and intolerable behavior toward a spouse especially as a manifestation of settled estrangement
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