Affront, Insult and Indignity denote a speech or an action having for its intention or effect the dishonoring of something (as a person, a cause, or an institution).
An affront is a designed and usually an open mark of disrespect.
- an affront to the flag
- an old affront will stir the heart through years of rankling pain
An insult is a personal attack, either by words or actions, meant to humiliate or degrade.
- it is incredible the insult made to the liberty, to the life, to the dignity of the human beings, by other human beings
An indignity is an outrage upon one’s personal dignity.
- whom I beseech to give me ample satisfaction for these deep shames and great indignities
- to nearly all men serfdom was . . . a degrading thing, and they found trenchant phrases to describe the indignity of the condition