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[dig-nuh-fahyd] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd/
characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous:
dignified conduct.
Origin of dignified
1660-70; dignify + -ed2
Related forms
[dig-nuh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-/ (Show IPA),
dignifiedness, noun
quasi-dignified, adjective
undignified, adjective
undignifiedly, adverb
grave, august, noble.


[dig-nuh-fahy] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), dignified, dignifying.
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.
1375-1425; late Middle English dignifien < Old French dignefier < Medieval Latin dignificāre, equivalent to Latin dign(us) worthy + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
overdignify, verb (used with object), overdignified, overdignifying.
quasi-dignifying, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dignified
  • You've made many accusations, but not one of them is dignified by a single verifiable reference.
  • Our taste generally is for portraiture that is much livelier, less preoccupied with the dignified facade.
  • Grab something a bit more dignified for professional use.
  • But old clocks--especially the dignified grandfather.
  • They were rather dignified and scholarly in tone, outlined some of the programs the school offered, and invited students to apply.
  • The fact that this is a more dignified way to end one's life is an added bonus.
  • He wants to exit life in a cheerful and dignified way.
  • It's a really dignified way to interact with people.
  • In the rapid growth of the city and its mania for rebuilding, the dignified old mansion is one of the few relies to be preserved.
  • There are too many of us competing for too few jobs for the process to be dignified.
British Dictionary definitions for dignified


characterized by dignity of manner or appearance; stately
Derived Forms
dignifiedly, adverb
dignifiedness, noun


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
to add distinction to: the meeting was dignified by the minister
to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or title: she dignifies every plant with its Latin name
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 dignified

past participle adjective from dignify; 1660s in sense "ranking as a dignitary;" 1812 in sense "having a dignified manner."



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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