indignity


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in·dig·ni·ty

 (ĭn-dĭg′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·dig·ni·ties
1. Humiliating, degrading, or abusive treatment.
2. A source of offense, as to a person's pride or sense of dignity; an affront.
3. Obsolete Lack of dignity or honor.

[French indignité, from Old French, from Latin indignitās, from indignus, unworthy; see indign.]

indignity

(ɪnˈdɪɡnɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. injury to one's self-esteem or dignity; humiliation
2. obsolete disgrace or disgraceful character or conduct

in•dig•ni•ty

(ɪnˈdɪg nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; a humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
2. Obs. disgrace or disgraceful action.
[1575–85; < Latin indignitās; see indign, -ity]
syn: See insult.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indignity - an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem
affront, insult - a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"

indignity

noun humiliation, abuse, outrage, injury, slight, insult, snub, reproach, affront, disrespect, dishonour, opprobrium, obloquy, contumely He suffered the indignity of having to face angry protesters.

indignity

noun
An act that offends a person's sense of pride or dignity:
Translations

indignity

[ɪnˈdɪgnɪtɪ] Nindignidad f, humillación f
to suffer the indignity of losingsufrir la indignidad or humillación de perder

indignity

[ɪnˈdɪgnɪti] naffront m
to suffer an indignity → subir un affront, essuyer un affront
the indignity of being handcuffed → l'affront d'avoir les menottes aux poignets

indignity

nDemütigung f, → Schmach f (liter); oh, the indignity of it!also, das ist doch der Gipfel!

indignity

[ɪnˈdɪgnɪtɪ] numiliazione f
References in classic literature ?
For I would have thee know, Sancho, that wounds caused by any instruments which happen by chance to be in hand inflict no indignity, and this is laid down in the law of the duel in express words: if, for instance, the cobbler strikes another with the last which he has in his hand, though it be in fact a piece of wood, it cannot be said for that reason that he whom he struck with it has been cudgelled.
And so fell George's last hope;--nothing before him but a life of toil and drudgery, rendered more bitter by every little smarting vexation and indignity which tyrannical ingenuity could devise.
As I lounged upon the green bank, I lazily watched these parodies of humanity as they were tossed hither and thither with humourous indignity by the breeze, remarking to myself on the quaint shamelessness with which we thus expose to the public view garments which at other times we are at such bashful pains to conceal.
Any indignity that Villa Kennan chose to inflict upon him he was throbbingly glad to receive, such as doubling his ears inside out till they stuck, at the same time making him sit upright, with helpless forefeet paddling the air for equilibrium, while she blew roguishly in his face and nostrils.
Of late Bukawai had come to believe that they returned not so much from habit as from a fiendish patience which would submit to every indignity and pain rather than forego the final vengeance, and Bukawai needed but little imagination to picture what that vengeance would be.
it was dreadful; but it was not only the pain, though that was terrible and lasted a long time; it was not only the indignity of having my best ornament taken from me, though that was bad; but it was this, how could I ever brush the flies off my sides and my hind legs any more?
There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings
He hated school, which he looked upon as an indignity to be endured till he was old enough to go out into the world.
The lioness was now back in the path where she could see the author of the indignity which had been placed upon her.
And that other side of life, of which she had never before thought and which had formerly seemed to her so far away and improbable, was now nearer and more akin and more comprehensible than this side of life, where everything was either emptiness and desolation or suffering and indignity.
Find some spot where I shall escape the indignity of being patronized and bossed by the superior sex.
When the first torrent of tenderness was over, and when, in the calm and long interval between the fits, reason began to open the eyes of the lady, and she saw this alteration of behaviour in the captain, who at length answered all her arguments only with pish and pshaw, she was far from enduring the indignity with a tame submission.