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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.
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.
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.
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.
beneath your dignityof 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.