infra dig

in·​fra dig | \ ˈin-frə-ˈdig How to pronounce infra dig (audio) , -(ˌ)frä- \

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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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."

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?
Recent Examples on the Web Its political religiosity has an infra dig appeal for Biden-Harris enthusiasts as well as leftist reviewers who typically apply political sentimentality to Communist-bloc cinema. Armond White, National Review, "Two New Russian Film Imports Challenge Narratives of the Biden-Harris Era," 24 Feb. 2021 These reviews are a mixed bag, mostly because the titles seem random and often infra dig. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Two Generations on View in Essays by Martin Amis and Zadie Smith," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of infra dig

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infra dig

short for Latin infra dignitatem

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6 Mar 2021

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“Infra dig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of infra dig

chiefly British : not appropriate for a person's social position : beneath someone's dignity

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