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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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Some have described the shock of watching airport screeners pull the urn from their bag and plunk it down in an undignified manner on the X-ray conveyer belt for all the other travelers to see. Washington Post, "Consider security rules when flying with cremated remains," 24 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of undignified

1716, in the meaning defined above

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“Undignified.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undignified. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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