dignify

[ dig-nuh-fahy ]
/ ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪ /
|

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.

Nearby words

  1. diglyceride,
  2. diglycol,
  3. diglycolic acid,
  4. digne,
  5. dignified,
  6. dignitary,
  7. dignity,
  8. digonal,
  9. digoneutic,
  10. digoxin

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for over-dignified

  • 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

/ (ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ) /

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper