indignity

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indignity an affront to one's dignity or self-esteem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Indignity Any action toward another which manifests contempt for him; an offense against personal dignity; unmerited contemptuous treatment; contumely; incivility or injury, accompanied with insult. "How might a prince of my great hopes forget
      So great indignities you laid upon me?"
      "A person of so great place and worth constrained to endure so foul indignities ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indignity Unworthiness; shamefulness; base character or conduct.
    • n indignity Contemptuous conduct unjustly directed toward another; any action designed to lower the dignity of another; injury accompanied with insult.
    • n indignity Synonyms Insult, Indignity, etc. (see affront); contumely, slight, disrespect, dishonor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Indignity unmerited contemptuous treatment: incivility with contempt or insult:
    • n Indignity (Spens.) unworthiness, base conduct
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Quotations

  • Bertrand Russell
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    “Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.”
  • William Feather
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    “When lying, be emphatic and indignant, thus behaving like your children.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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    “No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.”
  • Vittorio De Sica
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    “Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy.”
  • H.G. Wells
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    “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “A good indignation brings out all one's powers.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indignitas,: cf. F. indignité,. See Indign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. indignans, -antis, pr.p. of indignāri, to consider as unworthy—in, not, dignus, worthy.

Usage

In literature:

Then her indignant disgust and disappointment burst forth.
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Mackenzie was not at heart an ill-natured man, and he would have repudiated with indignation the charge of being a mischief-maker.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
She struggled out of my encircling arms with indignation.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
It was some time before she could furnish the astonished captain with full details, and she was pleased to find that his indignation led him to ignore the hair-grabbing episode, on which, to do her justice, she touched but lightly.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
There will always be some, at least, in the world whom savage indignation, like Swift's, will continually torment.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
The officer sputtered indignantly.
"Somewhere in France" by Richard Harding Davis
You start back with horror and indignation at such a question.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Here he found considerable difficulty in appeasing the indignation of Lady Lucretia.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Miss Drewitt reddened with indignation.
"Dialstone Lane, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
That good and proud people showed their indignation, and Palmerston and Bonaparte had to be content with the expulsion of the exiles.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
He ate them indignant, but resigned.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
In the girl's eyes there was a sudden and tragic indignation.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The people were indignant at Henderson's coming.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Sir Henry's indignation kept him cool also.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
Again it seemed to Hope that she saw contempt upon his face; and a rush of indignation checked the quick words of welcome upon her lips.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
And you drove on with pleased indignation.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
He spat down upon his adversary in impotent indignation.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They must have been put there," he said, and then with a cry of indignation: "I must have an enemy in the office.
"The Turnstile" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
In the excitement of indignation and defiance, the marquise was more beautiful than ever.
"The Maid of Honour, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Lewis Wingfield
Gerard showed a bitterness of indignation he had hitherto seemed incapable of.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
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In poetry:

And that very day, when the sun was low,
Two blackfellows came to the station;
They were filled with the courage of Queensland rum
And bursting with indignation.
"A Little Mistake" by Henry Lawson
Yes, they were kind exceedingly; most mild
Even in indignation, taking by the hand
One that obeyed them mutely, as a child
Submissive to a law he does not understand.
"Bitterness" by Victoria Sackville-West
"It is this, it is this—" "We have had that before!"
The Bellman indignantly said.
And the Baker replied "Let me say it once more.
It is this, it is this that I dread!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"It is this, it is this—" "We have had that before!"
The Bellman indignantly said.
And the Baker replied "Let me say it once more.
It is this, it is this that I dread!
"Fit The Third - The Baker's Tale" by Lewis Carroll
Forgiven be! And with no little pride
I treasure up,—and you, no doubt, see why,—
Remembrance of the lightning to one side
That used to flash from your indignant eye!
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
Tell Ireland—tell her in her desolation,
That hearts within the South for her have bled—
That scalding tears of helpless indignation
By eyes that read her cruel wrongs are shed.
"To The Irish Delegates" by Henry Lawson

In news:

America's Self-Righteous Indignation Over Syria at the UN.
We read so you don't have to: Andrew Breitbart's 'Righteous Indignation .
In September, Philip Roth will publish Indignation , his latest novel about Ohio, Newark, sex, war, and guilt.
Rudin nabs Roth's ' Indignation '.
In a seven-figure deal, producer Scott Rudin has made a preemptive acquisition of " Indignation ," the Philip Roth novel to be published in September by Houghton Mifflin.
The wide-ranging proclamation asserts Kerry's absolute right to become immediately and furiously indignant whenever anyone dares to question his record, judgment or issues, of which Kerry seems to have many in all senses of the word.
Getting High on Moral Indignation .
Indignation With Taking Liberties.
In throwing away his seven Tour de France titles, he's keeping what he prizes most: his righteous indignation .
Indignation is the table wine of journalism.
The greatest indignity might have occurred when the mountain was sold for scrap, dynamited, quarried and gutted until it was little more than a rocky shoulder for the New Jersey Turnpike to lean on.
Moral indignation is no longer enough to combat the power of Big Oil.
It was with considerable indignation that we read the Nov 9 article in which Syracuse Common Councilor Bob Dougherty stated his disapproval of Syracuse Habitat 's ranch-style houses in neighborhoods dominated by older two-story colonials.
Instead, you emerge from the restroom waving your hands in the air like someone expressing indignation in a black-and-white movie.
Embattled politicians can fight a lot of things but not the indignity of becoming a joke.
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In science:

I am now deeply convinced of having taken the thing right, and also, of course, that a murmur of indignation will spread through the ranks of our colleagues when the work ["Entwurf"] appears, which will take place in a few weeks.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
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