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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 ?
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My heart could never be with the race that had heaped indignities upon my princess and my son.
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Imbecility in the government; discord among the provinces; foreign influence and indignities; a precarious existence in peace, and peculiar calamities from war.
Once they seemed funny, but now only cruel, and even stupid, so that it was strange to realize his qualities and indignities as both flowing from the same mind.
I shall not be able to side with you openly, and, no matter what indignities may be put upon me, you are to remain likewise silent.
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Critique: An inherently absorbing, entertaining, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, "When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife" will have special appeal for readers experiencing the life-changes associated with middle age.
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