from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lacking in or damaging to dignity.

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  • adj. lacking in or damaging to dignity
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of undignify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not dignified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking dignity


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  • The International Skating Union is up at arms about it all, promising point reductions for what they call undignified movements.

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  • “A form of language spoken by millions of people … can surely not be called undignified,” he argued, finding “real dignity … in the colloquial language of the people, not in the stilted artificial style of books.”


  • The government felt that such a name was undignified, which may be the only time in American history that a state, city, county, river, lake, creek, or gambling casino was not given an Indian name.


  • You will recall the undignified use Sir Thomas More would have us put it to, and how there was no money at all in the Republic of Plato, and in that later community for which he wrote his Laws an iron coinage of austere appearance and doubtful efficacy ....

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  • Then, recalling her undignified conduct in the ball game with him, she felt ashamed.

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  • The mascot by its very nature is ridiculous and relatively undignified, which is why people like them.

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  • The Obama-friendly Washington Post described as undignified and unpresidential.

  • At art school, it was frustrating: his teachers insisted that cartooning was an "undignified" field.

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  • British comedian Ricky Gervais has blasted Twitter as fun for teenagers but "undignified" for grown-ups -- and questioned the motives of celebrities who use the micro-blogging platform.

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  • Some parents said it was upsetting for children to see the funeral while others said they believed it was "undignified" for the grieving family.

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