indignity

noun
in·​dig·​ni·​ty | \ in-ˈdig-nə-tē How to pronounce indignity (audio) \
plural indignities

Definition of indignity

1a : an act that offends against a person's dignity or self-respect : insult
b : humiliating treatment
2 obsolete : lack or loss of dignity or honor

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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.
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In 1965, nine Asian Americans working in theater were tired of being relegated to roles like villain or cab driver and fed up with the regular indignity of white actors playing Asian roles. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "For race-specific theater companies, the fight for diversity onstage is far from over," 13 June 2019 The seventeen-minute film is a tour de force of comedy, both physical and verbal, about the variety of indignities that the movie business inflicts on its eager and earnest participants. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: A Rediscovered Short by—and Starring—Chantal Akerman," 22 Aug. 2019 The next day, the ship suffered yet another indignity: Its whistle stuck. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex," 2 Aug. 2019 The courtroom in Cincinnati can be seen descending into chaos as her supporters protested the sentence and the indignity in which she was taken out of the courtroom. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Black Ohio Judge Dragged Out of Courtroom After Being Sentenced to Jail," 28 July 2019 The fungus then slowly devours the ant, sprouting through its head in one final indignity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds," 17 July 2019 The list of indignities is much longer, and unworthy of the relationship between two democratic allies. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, "America’s Stake in Taiwan," 18 June 2019 And moreover, the experience alerted her to the particular indignities black women face. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019 The indignities lurking around every Instagrammable corner? Jonathan Arlan, Los Angeles Times, "Travel is all about humiliation, and that’s a good thing," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of indignity

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for indignity

Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus

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indignity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indignity

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

indignity

noun
in·​dig·​ni·​ty | \ in-ˈdig-nə-tē How to pronounce indignity (audio) \
plural indignities

Kids Definition of indignity

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.

indignity

noun
in·​dig·​ni·​ty | \ in-ˈdig-nə-tē How to pronounce indignity (audio) \
plural indignities

Legal Definition of indignity

: persistent and intolerable behavior toward a spouse especially as a manifestation of settled estrangement

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