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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 of dignified
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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  • We must be able to say that he is immoral, not that he is undignified or ridiculous.

    All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
  • And even now it was held to be undignified to swerve from that doctrine.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • One of the men came and released me from my undignified position, and I could then see how the cheetahs were secured.

  • "It was all there," but all unseemly, ungraceful, undignified; for Polly Dill was pretty.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • All the pride is there still, but it is cramped, querulous, and undignified.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
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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