dignity, self-respect, self-regard, self-worth(noun)
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
"it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure"
dignity, lordliness, gravitas(noun)
formality in bearing and appearance
"he behaved with great dignity"
high office or rank or station
"he respected the dignity of the emissaries"
A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.
Decorum, formality, stateliness.
High office, rank, or station.
Origin: From dignitee, from dignite, from dignitas, from dignus, probably akin to decus and decet. Cognate to deign.
the state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence
elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation
quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of //en, manner, style, etc
one holding high rank; a dignitary
fundamental principle; axiom; maxim
Dignity is a term used in moral, ethical, legal, and political discussions to signify that a being has an innate right to be valued and receive ethical treatment. It is an extension of the Enlightenment-era concepts of inherent, inalienable rights. Dignity is often used in proscriptive and cautionary ways: for example in politics it is usually used to critique the treatment of oppressed and vulnerable groups and peoples, but it has also been extended to apply to cultures and sub-cultures, religious beliefs and ideals, animals used for food or research, and plants. Dignity also has descriptive meanings pertaining to human worth, although there is no exact or agreed upon definition of this worth. In general, the term has various functions and meanings depending on how the term is used and on the context. The English word "dignity" comes from Latin dignitas by way of French dignité. In ordinary usage it denotes respect and status, and it is often used to suggest that someone is not receiving a proper degree of respect, or even that they are failing to treat themselves with proper self-respect. There is also a long history of special philosophical use of this term. However, it is rarely defined outright in political, legal, and scientific discussions. International proclamations have thus far left dignity undefined, and scientific commentators, such as those arguing against genetic research and algeny, cite dignity as a reason but are ambiguous about its application.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dig′ni-ti, n. the state of being dignified: elevation of mind or character: grandeur of mien: elevation in rank, place, &c.: degree of excellence: preferment: high office: a dignitary.—n. Dig′nitary, one in a dignified position or rank, esp. in the church. [Fr. dignité—L. dignitas—dignus, worthy.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. A state of spiritual, mental or emotional starchiness that precedes a bluff. 2. A sartorial and tonsorial _chef-d'œuvre_. 3. The bodily attitude of a speaker or a preacher in the presence of people whose duty it is to believe he is not lying to them. 4. A mask we wear to hide our ignorance. (Man has dignity, woman has poise, animals have power; hence, dignity in a man or woman is anything that is a substitute for power.)
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A narrow, unstable bearing which mental spindle-shanks try to stand upon when they have no other support.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'dignity' in Nouns Frequency: #2524
The numerical value of dignity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of dignity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.
They were very, very courageous, they had great dignity and calm sort of dignity which they maintained right up until now.
What should move us to action is human dignity the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.
Unless we make the alliance something with dignity and pride, with both Japan and America deserving of respect, I don't believe that the economy in Asia will grow more stable, if this issue is dragged out a lot more it'll affect Japan's dignity.
If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.
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Translations for dignity
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ləyaqət, şərəfAzerbaijani
- годнасць, дастоінстваBelarusian
- dignitatCatalan, Valencian
- شأن, منزلتPersian
- juhlavuus, arvonimi, arvokkuus, muodollisuus, arvoasemaFinnish
- tignarlæti, manslæti, sómi, tign, virðileikiFaroese
- mooaralys, ardcheimManx
- méltóság, illemHungarian
- reisn, virðuleikiIcelandic
- 존엄성, 존엄Korean
- нарк, кадырKyrgyz
- DignitéitLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- нэр хүндMongolian
- သိန်, အသရေBurmese
- plechtigheid, waardigheidDutch
- godność, dostojeństwoPolish
- dignità, dignited, dignitadRomansh
- сан, до́лжность, звание, досто́инствоRussian
- dostojanstvo, достојанствоSerbo-Croatian
- අභිමානයSinhala, Sinhalese
- шаън, манзалатTajik
- şeref, haysiyetTurkish
- достоїнство, гідністьUkrainian
- martaba, viqorUzbek
- nhân phẩmVietnamese
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