noun (plural indignities)[mass noun]
Treatment or circumstances that cause one to feel shame or to lose one’s dignity: the indignity of needing financial help [count noun]: he was subjected to all manner of indignities
More example sentences
- The final indignity was to lose a home bonus point in the dying minutes as the descending darkness became both literal and metaphoric.
- He then suffered the ultimate indignity, in losing - not to a Croatian qualifier - but a Brit.
- To add extra indignity to his humiliation he is suffering from a bout of hiccups that threatens to enter the Guinness Book of Records.
shame, humiliation, loss of self-respect, loss of pride, embarrassment, mortification, abasement, degradation;
disgrace, dishonour, stigma, disrepute, discredit, opprobrium, scandal, infamy, ignobility, loss of face;
affront, insult, abuse, mistreatment, injury, offence, injustice, outrage, slight, snub, contempt, disrespect, discourtesy
informal slap in the face, kick in the teeth
Late 16th century: from French indignité or Latin indignitas, from indignari 'regard as unworthy'.
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