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dignify

[dig-nuh-fahy] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪ/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
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British Dictionary definitions for quasidignifying

dignify

/ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -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
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 quasidignifying

dignify

v.

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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