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.
Recent Examples of indignity from the Web
Ryan Bates can normally be found behind the scenes as executive director of Michigan United, a statewide organization that fights injustice and indignities.
In her new collection of 13 stories, the indignities of aging, friends reuniting, loneliness, and travel are common threads.
The end of the show’s Season 5 finale was a carnival of indignity that found the now-former president thoroughly laid low, forced to listen to the inaugural exercises of the first woman to have been elected, rather than fated, to the presidency.
So Alabama had the better basketball season and Auburn the better baseball season, but each suffered the indignity of getting swept by its rival in the midst of a lesser season.
Muslim activists say many local Muslims suffer daily indignities that go unreported.
Jason Day made two triple bogeys and closed with a birdie to avoid the indignity of shooting 80.
With all the indignities of airport security, any measure to cut down on time spent shoeless or scrutinized is worth it—thus the beauty of programs like TSA PreCheck and Global Entry.
Many gay Latinos in Orlando have endured indignities, rejection or violence because of their sexual orientation.
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Origin and Etymology of indignity
Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus
First Known Use: 1581See Words from the same year
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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