Definition of indignity in English:


Syllabification: in·dig·ni·ty
Pronunciation: /inˈdiɡnədē

noun (plural indignities)

Treatment or circumstances that cause one to feel shame or to lose one’s dignity: the indignity of needing financial help he was subjected to all manner of indignities
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  • 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, loss of face, embarrassment, mortification, ignominy;
affront, insult, abuse, mistreatment, injury, offense, injustice, slight, snub, discourtesy, disrespect
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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