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dignify

[dig-nuh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), dig·ni·fied, dig·ni·fy·ing.
  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.
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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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  • The free spirit of man can govern him without "a garrison upon his neck of empty and over-dignified precepts."

    Milton

    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh


British Dictionary definitions for over-dignified

dignify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
  2. to add distinction tothe meeting was dignified by the minister
  3. to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or titleshe dignifies every plant with its Latin name
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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 over-dignified

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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