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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Recent Examples on the Web That proved to be the least of the indignities suffered by Tesla's newest vehicle. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Tesla's Cybertruck has become the butt of every internet joke," 22 Nov. 2019 The Californios never forgot those killings, or other indignities to which they were subjected. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "War in the Bay Area: Why native Californians fought U.S. takeover from Mexico," 10 Jan. 2020 Herrera dives deep into the injustices and indignities that prove systemic obstacles to a happily ever after, exploring the social and political challenges facing the LGBTQ and immigrant communities. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The 10 best romance novels of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 And now, finally, the majority realizes that the chief culprits for the venomous indignity of the political atmosphere are the president’s enemies. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Impeachment Farce Limps Along to Its Anticlimax," 30 Oct. 2019 Catch up with all our recent San Antonio restaurant reviews on ExpressNews.com What should have been some easy wins suffered preventable indignities. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star review: Iron Stag Restaurant & Bar misses the mark with surf and turf in Boerne northwest of San Antonio," 19 Dec. 2019 For employees at Uber, watching the stock drop Wednesday is just the latest indignity. Washington Post, "Uber employees can finally sell their stock. They won’t be as rich as they hoped.," 7 Nov. 2019 Something similar happened after the reign of Akhenaten (about 1336 B.C.), who had instituted worship of Aten, the sun god; both later suffered iconoclastic indignities. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt’ Review: Editing the Image," 17 June 2019 Even in the years before Hootie, an earnest and deceptively easygoing roots-rock band, became a global pop phenomenon, there were indignities. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really)," 6 June 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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The first known use of indignity was in 1581

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Indignity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indignity. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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indignity

noun
How to pronounce indignity (audio)

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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