Definitions for dignityˈdɪg nɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dig•ni•tyˈdɪg nɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. bearing, conduct, or manner indicative of self-respect, formality, or gravity.

  2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness.

  3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.

  4. relative standing; rank.

  5. a sign or token of respect:

    a question unworthy of the dignity of a reply.

  6. Archaic.

    Ref: dignitary.

Origin of dignity:

1175–1225; ME dignite < AF, OF < L dignitās worthiness =dign(us) worthy +-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. dignity, lordliness, gravitas(noun)

    formality in bearing and appearance

    "he behaved with great dignity"

  3. dignity(noun)

    high office or rank or station

    "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dignity(noun)ˈdɪg nɪ ti

    dignified behavior

    to keep your dignity

Wiktionary

  1. dignity(Noun)

    A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.

  2. dignity(Noun)

    Decorum, formality, stateliness.

  3. dignity(Noun)

    High office, rank, or station.

  4. Origin: From dignitee, from dignite, from dignitas, from dignus, probably akin to decus and decet. Cognate to deign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dignity(noun)

    the state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence

  2. Dignity(noun)

    elevation; grandeur

  3. Dignity(noun)

    elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation

  4. Dignity(noun)

    quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of //en, manner, style, etc

  5. Dignity(noun)

    one holding high rank; a dignitary

  6. Dignity(noun)

    fundamental principle; axiom; maxim

Freebase

  1. Dignity

    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.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. dignity

    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

  1. DIGNITY

    A narrow, unstable bearing which mental spindle-shanks try to stand upon when they have no other support.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dignity' in Nouns Frequency: #2524


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

dignity(noun)

stateliness or seriousness of manner

Holding her head high, she retreated with dignity.

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