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dignified

[dig-nuh-fahyd] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous:
dignified conduct.
Origin of dignified
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; dignify + -ed2
Related forms
dignifiedly
[dig-nuh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
dignifiedness, noun
quasi-dignified, adjective
undignified, adjective
undignifiedly, adverb
Synonyms
grave, august, noble.

dignify

[dig-nuh-fahy] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), dignified, dignifying.
1.
to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
2.
to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon:
to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English dignifien < Old French dignefier < Medieval Latin dignificāre, equivalent to Latin dign(us) worthy + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
overdignify, verb (used with object), overdignified, overdignifying.
quasi-dignifying, adjective
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  • But to the uneducated eye of Andrew Lanning it was a great and dignified building.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • She can be the most dignified young woman on occasion that I ever beheld.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Children never played any more under their dignified shadows.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He's so dignified I wish his turban would blow off or something.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • She is mentioned as the opposite to the mild, dignified Hygd, the queen of the Getas.

    Beowulf Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for dignified

dignified

/ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
characterized by dignity of manner or appearance; stately
Derived Forms
dignifiedly, adverb
dignifiedness, noun

dignify

/ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
2.
to add distinction to: the meeting was dignified by the minister
3.
to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or title: she dignifies every plant with its Latin name
Word Origin
C15: from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificāre, from Latin dignus worthy + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for dignified
adj.

past participle adjective from dignify; 1660s in sense "ranking as a dignitary;" 1812 in sense "having a dignified manner."

dignify

v.

mid-15c., from Middle French dignifier, from Medieval Latin dignificare "make worthy," from Latin dignus (see dignity) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Dignification; dignified; dignifying.

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