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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 of dignity
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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  • Gone now was the consciousness of strength, the dignity of the patrician!

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Pericles has borne all his misfortunes with the dignity of an immortal.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "I'm going to school," replied Peter with a great deal of dignity.

  • Were I to be queen of the universe, that dignity should not absolve me from my duty to you and to my father.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • They are not of the dignity of Somerset House, but they will serve.

    London Impressions Alice Meynell
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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