from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. degradation, debasement or humiliation
  • n. an affront to one's dignity or pride

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any action toward another which manifests contempt for him; an offense against personal dignity; unmerited contemptuous treatment; contumely; incivility or injury, accompanied with insult.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Unworthiness; shamefulness; base character or conduct.
  • n. Contemptuous conduct unjustly directed toward another; any action designed to lower the dignity of another; injury accompanied with insult.
  • n. Synonyms Insult, Indignity, etc. (see affront); contumely, slight, disrespect, dishonor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem


French indignité, from Old French, from Latin indignitās, from indignus, unworthy; see indign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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