indignity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Latin indignitat-, indignitas, from indignus Date: 1581 1. a. an act that offends against a person's dignity or self-respect ; insult b. humiliating treatment 2. obsolete lack or loss of dignity or honor

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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

  • Indignity — In*dig ni*ty, n.; pl. {Indignities}. [L. indignitas: cf. F. indignit[ e]. See {Indign}.] Any action toward another which manifests contempt for him; an offense against personal dignity; unmerited contemptuous treatment; contumely; incivility or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • indignity — *affront, insult Analogous words: injury, wrong, *injustice, grievance: offending or offense, outraging or outrage (see corresponding verbs at OFFEND) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • indignity — in|dig|ni|ty [ınˈdıgnıti] n plural indignities [U and C] a situation that makes you feel very ashamed and not respected ▪ The prisoners were subjected to all sorts of indignities. the indignity of (doing) sth ▪ Two of the diplomats suffered the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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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