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

Examples of undignified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The patriarchy harms everyone and encourages undignified decision-making, but some women understand that and take advantage of it. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Ironically, many trusted advisers feel business development is too time consuming, expensive, or undignified. Henry Devries, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 One group of workers recently delivered a petition with over 100 signatures to managers complaining of undignified treatment, low pay, and insufficient breaks and break room equipment. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 The display of age-shock often feels cheap and a little undignified. Rhonda Garelick, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2022 This is not laugh-out-loud humor, although the scene where one of Live's now-undead victims revives in the most undignified way possible comes close. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 31 Dec. 2021 On a personal level, that’s an incredibly undignified situation to be in—to have Schmidt, Bezos, Pichai, Zuckerberg, and Cook sitting like jailers above all of us, using our data for their experimentation and profit. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 Even in baseball, where traditionalists sneer at anything that might seem disrespectful or undignified, teams haven’t been afraid to show some personality. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The story of British nobility and its undignified scramble to marry American money has become part of the folklore of Edwardian landed society. Adrian Tinniswood, Time, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of undignified

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 22 May. 2022.

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

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

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