undignified

adjective
un·​dig·​ni·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce undignified (audio) \

Definition of undignified

: not dignified : lacking in dignity or injurious to dignity undignified behavior She did not exactly fall, but she staggered and reeled across the room in a very undignified fashion …— Lucy Maud Montgomery … she could not get over the idea that to earn her living was somewhat undignified— Somerset Maugham

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There’s something fundamentally undignified about leaving our troubles to school kids to resolve. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "The New Season of “Stranger Things” Shows the Limits of Kids Saving the World," 9 July 2019 Aside from the divided nature of the square, inherent liabilities include buildings that edge sidewalks with blank walls, and an undignified approach to Dave’s Market that requires pedestrians to dodge cars and trucks on a driveway. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Shaker Square plan offers bold solutions, but real work has only begun — Steven Litt," 7 July 2019 Flake repeatedly rebuked Trump, accusing him of ‘‘reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior’’ and saying the president’s use of the terms ‘‘fake news’’ and ‘‘enemy of the people’’ smacked of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s propaganda. BostonGlobe.com, "House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws," 21 June 2019 Opponents fear the project would turn the landmark into an undignified tourist trap unworthy of its significance. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Berlin Is Again Divided, and Wonders If David Hasselhoff Will Pick Sides," 9 Nov. 2018 And there is nothing more undignified and dehumanizing than stripping a girl of her freedom to live a full life. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "New Charity VOW Partners With the Wedding Industry to End Child Marriage," 29 Oct. 2018 Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man harasses woman wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt," 11 July 2018 Hernandez came to, embarrassed and undignified, and staggered to his feet. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Today a video surfaced of an undignified event in which a Puerto Rican woman was brutally harassed by a bigot while an officer did not interfere. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man harasses woman wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of undignified

1716, in the meaning defined above

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undignified

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undignified

: not serious or formal : not dignified

undignified

adjective
un·​dig·​ni·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd\

Kids Definition of undignified

: lacking proper seriousness or self-control in behavior or appearance : not showing dignity undignified conduct

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