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 ?
The sullen soldiers shouldered their empty tubes and fell into their places, like men whose blood had been heated by the past contest, and who only desired the opportunity to revenge an indignity which was still wounding to their pride, concealed as it was under the observances of military etiquette.
What does that indignity amount to, weighed, I mean, in the scales of the New Testament?
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?
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.
The king was willing, but the Board, who were all well-born folk, implored the king to spare them the indignity of examining the weaver's son.
I knew you must be a person of distinction, by your fine presence and courtly address, and by the fact that you are not subjected to the indignity of hobbles, like myself and the rest.
Elton, (feeling the indignity as a wife ought to do,) "I cannot imagine how he could do such a thing by you, of all people in the world
Who would submit to the indignity of being approved by such a woman as Lady Middleton and Mrs.
Wragge, turning from a lamb to a lioness, as she gradually realized the indignity offered to the Cashmere Robe.
After having long been in danger of my life at the hands of the village, I have been seized, with great violence and indignity, and brought a long journey on foot to Paris.
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.
She had also observed how modest I was in my nature, how nicely I regarded my honour, and what an indignity I should conceive it, to be exposed for money as a public spectacle, to the meanest of the people.