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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.
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stand on one's dignity

to remain dignified in spite of difficulties. I will stand on my dignity to the very end. she stood on her dignity and ignored all the nonsense going on around her.
See also: dignity, on, stand

stand on your dignity

to demand to be treated with more respect than other people because you think you are more important And although he held a senior position in the company he would never stand on his dignity.
See also: dignity, on, stand
References in classic literature ?
Rospigliosi, quite set up with his new dignities, went with a good appetite and his most ingratiating manner.
He had long been in the habit of visiting the barber's shop, where our venerable chair, philosophically forgetful of its former dignities, had now spent nearly eighteen not uncomfortable years.
To reinstate this much-injured prince in the assumed dignities of his ancestors, the disinterested strangers have come all the way from France: they are determined that his title shall be acknowledged.
This was an invasion of their rights and dignities not to be borne.
Dunno but that's so," said Disko, who saw his way to an honourable retreat from a fit of the dignities.
What he mainly felt now was that, since he hadn't originally scuttled, he had his dignities - which had never in his life seemed so many - all to preserve and to carry aloft.