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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

Examples of undignified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Atlantic City and Cape May were tourist destinations by the mid-1800s, escapes from the undignified swelter and infectious diseases of Philadelphia. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "Surrendering to Rising Seas," 1 Aug. 2018 Across the country, tributes to Christopher Columbus, whose 15th-century expeditions launched the era of European colonization of the Americas, are meeting undignified ends. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, "Columbus statues are falling across the country. Will ‘Columbus,’ Ohio, fall, too?," 7 July 2020 And there will always be something a bit undignified about hearing that basement door open and then a parent yelling something down. Jack Butler, National Review, "Notes from Underground," 4 Apr. 2020 Not having access to sanitary products is undignified and humiliating. NBC News, "Charity started by three friends inspires U.K. government to tackle 'period poverty'," 7 Mar. 2020 Like slipping into Spanx of the sea, slithering into my hot pink tail took a bit of negotiation (read: undignified wiggling). Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "I Attended Disney World’s Mermaid School," 2 Jan. 2020 There’s pride in the dignity of those officers in these undignified times, and in how vividly their plain-spoken courage and professionalism brings to life the wider value of public service. BostonGlobe.com, "And they are opening their wallets to help raise money — including nearly $10,000 last Monday alone — to offset the legal bills of department officials called to testify before Congress.," 10 Nov. 2019 The reader is moved precisely by the young women’s dawning awareness of how little their particular gifts and desires may matter, how unoriginal and undignified are their pains and disappointments. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 28 Oct. 2019 The Koscielny Method is wholly undignified and not to be recommended. SI.com, "Where Are They Now? Arsenal's Lineup From the Last Time They Won Away Against a Top Six Side," 24 Aug. 2019

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1716, in the meaning defined above

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“Undignified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undignified. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undignified

: not serious or formal : not dignified


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Kids Definition of undignified

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

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