quasi-dignifying

dignify

[dig-nuh-fahy]
verb (used with object), dignified, dignifying.
1.
to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
2.
to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon: to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English dignifien < Old French dignefier < Medieval Latin dignificāre, equivalent to Latin dign(us) worthy + -ificāre -ify

overdignify, verb (used with object), overdignified, overdignifying.
quasi-dignifying, adjective
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dignify (ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
2.  to add distinction to: the meeting was dignified by the minister
3.  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
 
[C15: from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificāre, from Latin dignus worthy + facere to make]

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dignify
1520s, from O.Fr. dignefier, from M.L. dignificare, from dignus (see dignity) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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