Definition of indignity in English:

indignity

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘Millions were still suffering discrimination, stigma and indignity worldwide.’
    • ‘The indignity of that day stayed with us the entire year, increasing our determination.’
    • ‘To add extra indignity to his humiliation he is suffering from a bout of hiccups that threatens to enter the Guinness Book of Records.’
    • ‘Foreign rule, with all of its humiliation and indignity, is still a living memory.’
    • ‘I bought books I did not want to save them from this indignity.’
    • ‘The main entrance door is defaced with graffiti, which should shock the parents of youngsters guilty of this profound indignity.’
    • ‘Would you not agree that no person should be made to suffer this indignity?’
    • ‘The indignity of youth is compounded hugely by being in the sticks.’
    • ‘The final indignity was to lose a home bonus point in the dying minutes as the descending darkness became both literal and metaphoric.’
    • ‘You have tons of information, but not one sense of feeling… not one sense of one's own sense of indignity.’
    • ‘I guess if he did have to suffer that indignity, Amnesty International would be up in arms.’
    • ‘We have already committed the ultimate indignity on them - we have taken their lives.’
    • ‘Each year 40,000 elderly people are forced to suffer this indignity.’
    • ‘He then suffered the ultimate indignity, in losing - not to a Croatian qualifier - but a Brit.’
    • ‘A man given to indignity is capable of committing any crime, however heinous it may be.’
    • ‘And are we clear that we will not add to the burdens of another through punishment and indignity?’
    • ‘Nowhere does she explain in a meaningful way that it is also a reaction to poverty, imperialism, and indignity.’
    • ‘Organised competitive sport is agony for many children: it can lead to humiliation and indignity.’
    • ‘That means additional bureaucracies, therefore additional cost and also additional indignity to the older person.’
    • ‘He's still steaming with indignity at the whole thing, and of course, he's quite right to be upset.’
    shame, humiliation, loss of self-respect, loss of pride, embarrassment, mortification, abasement, degradation
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French indignité or Latin indignitas, from indignari ‘regard as unworthy’.

Pronunciation

indignity

/inˈdiɡnədē//ɪnˈdɪɡnədi/