beneath (one's) dignity

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beneath (one's) dignity

Said of an action that one deems inappropriate and thus would not do. Screaming at someone in public is beneath my dignity, but it sounds like not everyone feels the same way.
See also: beneath, dignity

beneath one's dignity

too rude or coarse for a polite person to do. That kind of thing is beneath my dignity, and I hope yours as well. I would have thought something like that to be beneath your dignity.
See also: beneath, dignity

beneath your dignity

of too little importance or value for you to do it.
The Latin equivalent is infra dignitatem , and the humorous abbreviation of this, infra dig , is sometimes used in informal contexts.
See also: beneath, dignity

beˌneath somebody’s ˈdignity

(often ironic) seeming so unimportant or unpleasant that somebody thinks they are too important to do it: She considers it beneath her dignity to help with the housework now and again.
See also: beneath, dignity
References in classic literature ?
He may keep me on duty every day, or may place me under arrest, but no one can make me apologize, because if he, as commander of this regiment, thinks it beneath his dignity to give me satisfaction, then.
My father seemed to think it beneath his dignity to answer her.
It was a triumph and an evidence of his power in which Dickens delighted and which he could not forego, although his friends thought it was beneath his dignity as an author.
All this comes ahead of the apparent prospects of a former dictator ostensibly embracing democracy to run for elections, especially one who liked to be head of state but felt it beneath his dignity to address his own engineered parliament.
And he considered it beneath his dignity to wear his religion on his sleeve (or head) and even more so to wear someone else's religious garb.
When told he could have pounds 4,000 he turned it down and "gave the impression it was beneath his dignity to accept such a small offer".
Khan considered it beneath his dignity to respond to a lowly comment of such kind, Mr.
It's been a long time since we've seen Harrison play it for laughs and it turns out that he reckons a lot of the comedy scripts he gets sent are beneath his dignity too.
To speak so disparagingly of the dead was beneath his dignity as our nation's figurehead.
He considers it beneath his dignity to play with commoners' dogs and truly thinks that he does them grace when he condescends to lift his leg against them.
Pramod is reluctant; keeping a shop is beneath his dignity.
He never felt that any task involving the promotion of Air Force history was beneath his dignity This egalitarian attitude endeared him to all who knew the general.
because he considers it beneath his dignity to play against England
Herbert Hoover, a man of greater talents, held himself aloof from journalists; fraternizing would have been beneath his dignity.