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Definition of "indignity" []

  • Humiliating, degrading, or abusive treatment. (noun)
  • A source of offense, as to a person's pride or sense of dignity; an affront. (noun)
  • Obsolete Lack of dignity or honor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "indignity" in a sentence
  • "On Wednesday, protests broke out in the central Italian city of Bologna, where hundreds of young Italians clashed with police over what they described as the "indignity" of financial institutions that they said had put the burden of Italy's debts on younger generations."
  • "For Obama, the ultimate indignity is the Times/CBS News poll in September showing that only 8 percent of Americans know that he gave 95 percent of American taxpayers a tax cut."
  • "But the latest indignity is that she's completely excised any trace of Eddie Van Halen from Beat It, and for what."