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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’
shame, humiliation, loss of self-respect, loss of pride, embarrassment, mortification, abasement, degradationView synonyms
- ‘To add extra indignity to his humiliation he is suffering from a bout of hiccups that threatens to enter the Guinness Book of Records.’
- ‘A man given to indignity is capable of committing any crime, however heinous it may be.’
- ‘Foreign rule, with all of its humiliation and indignity, is still a living memory.’
- ‘He then suffered the ultimate indignity, in losing - not to a Croatian qualifier - but a Brit.’
- ‘And are we clear that we will not add to the burdens of another through punishment and indignity?’
- ‘The indignity of youth is compounded hugely by being in the sticks.’
- ‘The main entrance door is defaced with graffiti, which should shock the parents of youngsters guilty of this profound indignity.’
- ‘The indignity of that day stayed with us the entire year, increasing our determination.’
- ‘That means additional bureaucracies, therefore additional cost and also additional indignity to the older person.’
- ‘I bought books I did not want to save them from this indignity.’
- ‘Organised competitive sport is agony for many children: it can lead to humiliation and indignity.’
- ‘We have already committed the ultimate indignity on them - we have taken their lives.’
- ‘Millions were still suffering discrimination, stigma and indignity worldwide.’
- ‘The final indignity was to lose a home bonus point in the dying minutes as the descending darkness became both literal and metaphoric.’
- ‘He's still steaming with indignity at the whole thing, and of course, he's quite right to be upset.’
- ‘Would you not agree that no person should be made to suffer this indignity?’
- ‘You have tons of information, but not one sense of feeling… not one sense of one's own sense of indignity.’
- ‘Nowhere does she explain in a meaningful way that it is also a reaction to poverty, imperialism, and indignity.’
- ‘Each year 40,000 elderly people are forced to suffer this indignity.’
- ‘I guess if he did have to suffer that indignity, Amnesty International would be up in arms.’
Late 16th century: from French indignité or Latin indignitas, from indignari ‘regard as unworthy’.
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