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

stand on (one's) dignity

1. To maintain one's dignity or propriety when faced with challenges. It's hard to stand on your dignity when you've lost all of your worldly possessions.
2. To demand better treatment than others are given. I can't believe he's trying to stand on his dignity and get us to call him "sir" when we all have more seniority than him.
See also: dignity, on, stand

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

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

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

stand on your dignity

insist on being treated with due respect.
See also: dignity, on, stand

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

ˌstand on your ˈdignity

(formal) say firmly that you wish to be treated with the respect that you deserve: The teacher stood on his dignity and insisted that the students be punished for being rude to him.
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.