noun, plural dignities.
bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
elevated rank, office, station, etc.
relative standing; rank.
a sign or token of respect: an impertinent question unworthy of the dignity of an answer.
person of high rank or title.
such persons collectively.

1175–1225; Middle English dignite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dignitās worthiness, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -itās -ity

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dignity (ˈdɪɡnɪtɪ)
n , 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
[C13: from Old French dignite, from Latin dignitās merit, from dignus worthy]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. dignete, from L. dignitatem (nom. dignitas) "worthiness," from dignus "worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting" from PIE *dek-no-, from base *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent).
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Example sentences
He was of handsome form, comely in countenance, with an aspect of gravity and
  dignity and majesty and stateliness.
You have nothing to lose but postage and dignity.
Increased immigration of workers of all skills levels will help allow retirees
  to age and die with dignity.
The word gaman means to bear the seemingly unbearable with dignity and patience.
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