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.

  2. dignitynoun

    Decorum, formality, stateliness.

  3. dignitynoun

    High office, rank, or station.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dignitynoun

    Etymology: dignitas, Latin.

    Angels are not any where spoken so highly of as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and are not in dignity equal to him. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 6.

    Some men have a native dignity, which will procure them more regard by a look, than others can obtain by the most imperious commands. Clarissa.

    Faster than spring-time show’rs comes thought on thought,
    And not a thought but thinks on dignity. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    For those of old,
    And these late dignities heap’d up to them, William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The sciences concluding from dignities, and principles known by themselves, receive not satisfaction from probable reasons, much less from bare and peremptory asseverations. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 7.

Wikipedia

  1. Dignity

    Dignity is the right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, and to be treated ethically. It is of significance in morality, ethics, law and politics as an extension of the Enlightenment-era concepts of inherent, inalienable rights. The term may also be used to describe personal conduct, as in "behaving with dignity".

ChatGPT

  1. dignity

    Dignity refers to the quality of being worthy of honor or respect, often manifesting in a composed or serious manner that ensures self-respect and the respect of others. It reflects an individual's intrinsic value, rights, and autonomy.

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

Wikidata

  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. Jackie Lacey:

    Throughout this terrible ordeal, The two were never deterred by setbacks and instead demonstrated remarkable strength and dignity through what I imagine must have been a dark time.

  2. Christopher Taylor:

    Access to these items is a matter of personal dignity, a human necessity and a health care right.

  3. Alberto Matteelli:

    There is nothing wrong with Thailand, what is wrong is the business of sex that is built at the expenses of the dignity and life of many people including a significant proportion of adolescents.

  4. President Biden:

    Today, as we mourn what was lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future -- toward the world that we wish to build for our children. A world unstained by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected, and where all people are able to pursue their lives in dignity and security, let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us pursue healing and reconciliation for all the people of the world.

  5. Sara Hart Weir:

    NDSS strongly condemns the use of the ‘r word,' as the leading human rights organization for all people with Down syndrome, we maintain a zero tolerance policy for this type of mockery and offense. All people with Down syndrome are valued members of society and deserve to be treated with the upmost dignity and respect.

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