Definition of infra dig
: being beneath one's dignity : undignified while his work … was financially profitable, it was just a bit infra dig — John McCarten
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Examples of infra dig in a sentence
Isn't it a bit infra dig to go to a launderette when you can afford a washing machine of your own?
Did You Know?
In her autobiography, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." In other (less eloquent) words, don't put up with any treatment or situation that is unendurably infra dig. The word infra dig is used in relatively casual, sometimes sarcastic contexts (e.g., "Apparently, drugstore-purchased shampoo is too infra dig for my glamorous sister - only the most expensive salon shampoos will do!"). Infra dig is a shortened version of the Latin phrase infra dignitatem, meaning "beneath dignity."
Origin and Etymology of infra dig
short for Latin infra dignitatem
First Known Use: 1824
INFRA DIG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infra dig for English Language Learners
: not appropriate for a person's social position : beneath someone's dignity
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