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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
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As Jeremy Waldron has rightly observed, defining dignity raises many difficulties, perhaps due to the fact that the phrase "human dignity" is too vague to be of any foundational use.
It follows that the moral dimension of dignity cannot be altogether separated from the legal one, of the same notion.
Human dignity is best understood as a specific species of dignity that denotes the objective value inherent to all humans.
Our Constitutional Court has refrained from specifically defining human dignity, but the meaning of human dignity has gradually crystallised through the Constitutional Court's jurisprudence, as entailing the following inter-related components:
This paper demonstrates the historical and legal development of the notion of human dignity arguing that some aspects of the concept attained universal acceptance.
While the universal dimension of dignity generally refers to the intrinsic worth of all human beings, the culturally relative dimension relates to the external aspects of behavior.
In the administration field, research has been conducted mainly on the perspective of dignity in organizations, especially the type connected to dignity at work.
In a sequence of research directed to market demands, competition, productivity, and dignity, there are studies that focus on respect for the dignity of the employee and on loyalty and productivity (Shahinpoor & Matt, 2006); the balance between respect for human rights and performance, for a humanized, competitive, and successful organization (Morkhiber, 2001); and the matter of dignity, competitiveness, and performance (Auerbach, 1988).
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proposes a middle path between uncritical use and complete dismissal of "dignity talk" by offering an enriched multidimensional model of human dignity, identifying four distinct dimensions of dignity--existential, cognitive-affective, behavioral, and social--and distinguishing between the realized and potential dignity of persons.
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Global Dignity Country Chair for Sri Lanka who was appointed by the Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.
Part I sets out the methodological and substantive dimensions of Waldron's project to cast contemporary dignity in terms of legal status.
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