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dignity

[dig-ni-tee]
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noun, plural dig·ni·ties.
  1. bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
  2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
  3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.
  4. relative standing; rank.
  5. a sign or token of respect: an impertinent question unworthy of the dignity of an answer.
  6. Archaic.
    1. person of high rank or title.
    2. such persons collectively.
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Origin of dignity

1175–1225; Middle English dignite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dignitās worthiness, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -itās -ity
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  • Pericles has borne all his misfortunes with the dignity of an immortal.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Youth is prone to endow its opinions with all the dignity of certain knowledge.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Were I to be queen of the universe, that dignity should not absolve me from my duty to you and to my father.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The woman was not at all of a bad sort, only her dignity was hurt.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The whole rough appearance of the man was elevated into dignity.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for dignity

dignity

noun plural -ties
  1. a formal, stately, or grave bearinghe entered with dignity
  2. the state or quality of being worthy of honourthe dignity of manual labour
  3. relative importance; rankhe is next in dignity to the mayor
  4. sense of self-importance (often in the phrases stand (or be) on one's dignity, beneath one's dignity)
  5. high rank, esp in government or the church
  6. a person of high rank or such persons collectively
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French dignite, from Latin dignitās merit, from dignus worthy
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Word Origin and History for dignity

n.

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).

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