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 ?
I scorned to answer: it would have been beneath my dignity.
Here they come," said I; and I returned to my former position, for it seemed beneath my dignity that they should find me watching them.
Now, then," I continued, "I COULD work both kinds of prophecy -- the long and the short -- if I chose to take the trouble to keep in practice; but I seldom exercise any but the long kind, because the other is beneath my dignity.
I have full faith in my own probity and in the trust of my people in me as I am only accountable to them and I consider it beneath my dignity to even issue a defamatory notice to the channel.
What I have not done is to consider those TASKS to be beneath my dignity.
I'll ignore the ethnic slur as being beneath my dignity to even respond to.
I don't think I'm going to do this for much longer, it's getting beneath my dignity, but it pleases people, so here we go, again.
I have never considered it beneath my dignity to do anything to relieve human suffering.
It was beneath my dignity to point out that transporting half a dozen people is not necessarily the stuff of testosterone overload.