un·​dig·​ni·​fied ˌən-ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce undignified (audio)
: 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 undignifiedSomerset Maugham

Examples of undignified in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The term barf bag sounds so undignified, but the alternatives aren’t much of an improvement. Aj Willingham, CNN, 19 June 2024 Ordinarily, a party might consider nominating someone else rather than endure the embarrassing and unseemly details that will emerge from this undignified affair. S.e. Cupp, New York Daily News, 24 Apr. 2024 Contemporary critics tend to breeze through the last two decades of Schwartz’s life, hitting only the saddest events: the second divorce; the increasing alcoholism; the unpublishable poems, many written during bouts of mania; the money problems; the undignified death. Maggie Doherty, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 No one would dare fondle some of Dublin’s other high-profile statues like those depicting James Joyce, Oscar Wilde or Wolfe Tone — all men, the writer added, wondering why Molly Malone’s statue must be subjected to undignified and disrespectful attention. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for undignified 

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undignified was in 1716

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“Undignified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undignified. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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