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dignity

[dig-ni-tee] /ˈdɪg nɪ ti/
noun, plural dignities.
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.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English dignite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dignitās worthiness, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -itās -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for dignity

dignity

/ˈdɪɡnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a formal, stately, or grave bearing: he entered with dignity
2.
the state or quality of being worthy of honour: the dignity of manual labour
3.
relative importance; rank: he 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
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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