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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Sometimes the hen simply allows you to slip your hand underneath her, as if making a scene about a little egg thievery was beneath her dignity. Other hens abruptly explode from the nest in a flurry of squawks and fluttering wings, startling the egg gatherer to such a degree that a change of underwear is required.
I once had a maid who told me she only drinks bottled water, only eats shrimp (not fish or chicken), and that wearing a uniform and polishing shoes were beneath her dignity. All this, yet she did not wash her hands after toileting...talk about expectations!
When a paid commission finally comes in, to find an unfortunate missing dog named Lucky, Precious lives up to her name by rejecting the work as beneath her dignity, but her secretary sees the fee on offer outmanoeuvres her.
In public, des#pite the many hours she puts into charity work, Anne displays little warmth, always shakes hands wearing gloves and - perhaps unwittingly - puts across the notion that it's all beneath her dignity.
Rather than denying or defending her position, Allen chooses not to discuss it, saying the allegation is beneath her dignity to answer and she should not be judged on her past.