noun, plural in·dig·ni·ties.

  1. an injury to a person’s dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
  2. Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.

noun plural -ties

  1. injury to one’s self-esteem or dignity; humiliation
  2. obsolete disgrace or disgraceful character or conduct

1580s, “unworthiness,” also “unworthy treatment; act intended to expose someone to contempt,” from Latin indignitatem (nominative indignitas) “unworthiness, meanness, baseness,” also “unworthy conduct, an outrage,” noun of quality from indignus “unworthy” (see indignation). Related: Indignities.

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