- bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
- nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
- elevated rank, office, station, etc.
- relative standing; rank.
- a sign or token of respect: an impertinent question unworthy of the dignity of an answer.
- person of high rank or title.
- such persons collectively.
Origin of dignity
Examples from the Web for dignities
Ah,” said the ape, “is it so high that it outranks all other dignities?The Chinese Fairy Book
There commenced straightway a new dynasty of dignities and honours.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
Time enough when prizes were towed into port to stand out for dignities.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
He died, still in the enjoyment of these two dignities, in 1589.
All the dignities and all the money in the world could not remedy that.Louise de la Valliere
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
- a formal, stately, or grave bearinghe entered with dignity
- the state or quality of being worthy of honourthe dignity of manual labour
- relative importance; rankhe is next in dignity to the mayor
- sense of self-importance (often in the phrases stand (or be) on one's dignity, beneath one's dignity)
- high rank, esp in government or the church
- a person of high rank or such persons collectively
Word Origin and History for dignities
early 13c., from Old French dignite "dignity, privilege, honor," from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) "worthiness," from dignus "worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting" from PIE *dek-no-, from root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent).