Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French indignité, from Old French, from Latin indignitās, from indignus, unworthy; see indign.]

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