- 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
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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
- 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
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
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