indignity

noun in·dig·ni·ty \ in-ˈdig-nə-tē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of indignity

plural indignities
1 a :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

Examples of indignity in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of indignity

Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus


INDIGNITY Defined for English Language Learners

indignity

noun

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

indignity

noun in·dig·ni·ty \ in-ˈdig-nə-tē \

Definition of indignity for Students

plural indignities
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.

Law Dictionary

indignity

noun in·dig·ni·ty \ in-ˈdig-nə-tē \

legal Definition of indignity

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


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