What does dignity mean?

Definitions for dignity
ˈdɪg nɪ tidig·ni·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dignity, self-respect, self-regard, self-worthnoun

    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, gravitasnoun

    formality in bearing and appearance

    "he behaved with great dignity"

  3. dignitynoun

    high office or rank or station

    "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"

Wiktionary

  1. dignitynoun

    A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.

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

  2. dignitynoun

    Decorum, formality, stateliness.

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

  3. dignitynoun

    High office, rank, or station.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dignitynoun

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

  2. Dignitynoun

    elevation; grandeur

  3. Dignitynoun

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

  4. Dignitynoun

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

  5. Dignitynoun

    one holding high rank; a dignitary

  6. Dignitynoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dignity

    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. dignitasdignus, worthy.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. dignity

    Worthy of respect and understanding.

    Every human being is worthy of respect.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dignity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dignity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of dignity in a Sentence

  1. Judge McFarlane:

    I have held that, because of the constitutional position of the Sovereign, it is appropriate to have a special practice in relation to royal wills, there is a need to enhance the protection afforded to truly private aspects of the lives of this limited group of individuals in order to maintain the dignity of the Sovereign and close members of her family.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    We need an international movement that mobilizes behind a vision of shared prosperity, security and dignity for all people, and that addresses the massive global inequality that exists, not only in wealth but in political power.

  3. Mark Siegler:

    The coming together of two laudable movements -- death with dignity and cost containment -- concerns me Patients have a right to die. But do they have a duty to die

  4. John Jones:

    I think a lot of folks viewed it as being beneath the dignity of the office.

  5. Nikki Haley:

    Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity, it is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.

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