Definitions

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  • v. To treat without dignity.
  • v. To demean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render undignified; deprive of dignity; debase.

Etymologies

un- +‎ dignify (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The upholders of the Stratford-Shakespeare superstition call us the hardest names they can think of, and they keep doing it all the time; very well, if they like to descend to that level, let them do it, but I will not so undignify myself as to follow them.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • This sort of gewgaws undignify a speech, instead of adding a grace.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • We found the latter lounging about the unwholesome streets; and the former seated at their thresholds, engaged in those pursuits of the chase which the use of a fine-tooth comb would undignify to mere slaughter.

    Venetian Life

  • This sort of gewgaws undignify a speech, instead of adding

    A Tramp Abroad — Volume 07

  • The upholders of the Stratford-Shakespeare superstition call _us_ the hardest names they can think of, and they keep doing it all the time; very well, if they like to descend to that level, let them do it, but I will not so undignify myself as to follow them.

    Is Shakespeare Dead? from my autobiography

  • The upholders of the Stratford-Shakespeare superstition call US the hardest names they can think of, and they keep doing it all the time; very well, if they like to descend to that level, let them do it, but I will not so undignify myself as to follow them.

    What Is Man? and Other Essays

  • Niccolò, therefore, caused this castle to be built, which he strengthened with massive walls and towers commanding the whole city, and rendered inaccessible by surrounding it with a deep and wide canal from the river Reno.], and modern civilization has not crossed the castle moat, to undignify its exterior with any visible touch of the present.

    Italian Journeys

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