characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous: dignified conduct.

Origin of dignified

First recorded in 1660–70; dignify + -ed2
Related formsdig·ni·fied·ly [dig-nuh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-/, adverbdig·ni·fied·ness, nounqua·si-dig·ni·fied, adjectiveun·dig·ni·fied, adjectiveun·dig·ni·fied·ly, adverb

Synonyms for dignified



verb (used with object), dig·ni·fied, dig·ni·fy·ing.

to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon: to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship.

Origin of dignify

1375–1425; late Middle English dignifien < Old French dignefier < Medieval Latin dignificāre, equivalent to Latin dign(us) worthy + -ificāre -ify
Related formso·ver·dig·ni·fy, verb (used with object), o·ver·dig·ni·fied, o·ver·dig·ni·fy·ing.qua·si-dig·ni·fy·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dignified

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Historical Examples of dignified

  • But to the uneducated eye of Andrew Lanning it was a great and dignified building.

  • She can be the most dignified young woman on occasion that I ever beheld.

  • 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.



British Dictionary definitions for dignified



characterized by dignity of manner or appearance; stately
Derived Formsdignifiedly, adverbdignifiedness, noun


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
to add distinction tothe meeting was dignified by the minister
to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or titleshe dignifies every plant with its Latin name

Word Origin for dignify

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

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



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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