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dignified

[dig-nuh-fahyd] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous:
dignified conduct.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; dignify + -ed2
Related forms
dignifiedly
[dig-nuh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
dignifiedness, noun
quasi-dignified, adjective
undignified, adjective
undignifiedly, adverb
Synonyms
grave, august, noble.
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Examples from the web for undignified
  • On reflection he decided that this would be undignified, so he waved him away.
  • Reading their books is undignified, though also completely understandable, given how horrible life can be.
  • The team thought that something with the words egg crate in it would sound undignified, so they called it the heliostat.
  • It is undignified, too alien to a refined upbringing.
  • Those who support reform did not adopt a dignified response to undignified attacks, by and large.
  • Training is too rigorous, the bared bottoms too undignified, and all that fat is both unsightly and unhealthy.
  • It was not well received by critics nor the public, and was an undignified note on which to end her sensational career.
  • But to many high-tech economists it is a bit undignified.
  • It's not the first time, however, in history that people have expressed themselves in sometimes undignified ways.
  • Bike and rider end up in an undignified tangle on the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for undignified

undignified

/ʌnˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking in dignity

dignified

/ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
characterized by dignity of manner or appearance; stately
Derived Forms
dignifiedly, adverb
dignifiedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undignified
adj.

1680s, of clergy, "not holding a position of dignity," from un- (1) "not" + dignified. Meaning "lacking in dignity of manner" is attested from 1782.

dignified

adj.

past participle adjective from dignify; 1660s in sense "ranking as a dignitary;" 1812 in sense "having a dignified manner."

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