indignity (n.) 1580s, "unworthiness," also "unworthy treatment; act intended to expose someone to contempt," from L. indignitatem (nom. indignitas) "unworthiness, meanness, baseness," also "unworthy conduct, an outrage," noun of quality from indignus "unworthy" (see INDIGNATION (Cf. indignation)). Related: Indignities.

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  • indignity — in·dig·ni·ty /in dig nə tē/ n pl ties: persistent and intolerable behavior toward a spouse esp. as a manifestation of settled estrangement Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. indignity …   Law dictionary

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  • indignity — [n] embarrassment, humiliation abuse, affront, backhanded compliment*, contumely, discourtesy, dishonor, disrespect, grievance, injury, injustice, insult, obloquy, opprobrium, outrage, put down*, reproach, slap*, slight, slur, snub, take down*,… …   New thesaurus

  • indignity — ► NOUN (pl. indignities) ▪ treatment or circumstances that cause one to feel shame or to lose one s dignity …   English terms dictionary

  • indignity — [in dig′nə tē] n. pl. indignities [L indignitas, unworthiness, vileness: see IN 2 & DIGNITY] 1. something that humiliates, insults, or injures the dignity or self respect; affront 2. Obs. a) unworthiness or disgrace …   English World dictionary

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  • indignity — UK [ɪnˈdɪɡnətɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms indignity : singular indignity plural indignities a situation that makes you feel embarrassed or ashamed The team had to suffer the indignity of being booed by their own supporters …   English dictionary

  • indignity — n. 1) to inflict an indignity on 2) to suffer indignities * * * [ɪn dɪgnɪtɪ] to inflict an indignity on to suffer indignityies …   Combinatory dictionary

  • indignity — [[t]ɪndɪ̱gnɪti[/t]] indignities N VAR: oft the N of ing/n If you talk about the indignity of doing something, you mean that it makes you feel embarrassed or unimportant. [FORMAL] Later, he suffered the indignity of having to flee angry protesters …   English dictionary

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