noun, plural in·dig·ni·ties.
- an injury to a person’s dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury.
- Obsolete. disgrace or disgraceful action.
noun plural -ties
- injury to one’s self-esteem or dignity; humiliation
- 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.