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Meaning of DIGNITY

Pronunciation:  'dignitee

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  1. [n]  the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; "it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure"
  2. [n]  formality in bearing and appearance; "he behaved with great dignity"
  3. [n]  high office or rank or station; "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"

DIGNITY is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: gravitas, lordliness, self-esteem, self-regard, self-respect
 See Also: bearing, comportment, mien, position, presence, pride, status



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dig"ni*ty\, n.; pl. {Dignities}. [OE. dignete, dignite,
OF. dignet['e], dignit['e], F. dignit['e], fr. L. dignitas,
from dignus worthy. See {Dainty}, {Deign}.]
1. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind
   or character; true worth; excellence.

2. Elevation; grandeur.

         The dignity of this act was worth the audience of
         kings.                                --Shak.

3. Elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political
   or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment;
   exaltation. --Macaulay.

         And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been
         done to Mordecai for this?            --Esth. vi. 3.

         Reuben, thou art my firstborn, . . . the excellency
         of dignity, and the excellency of power. --Gen.
                                               xlix. 3.

4. Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness
   and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of ??en,
   manner, style, etc.

         A letter written with singular energy and dignity of
         thought ??d language.                 --Macaulay.

5. One holding high rank; a dignitary.

         These filthy dreamers . . . speak evil of dignities.
                                               --Jude. 8.

6. Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim. [Obs.]

         Sciences concluding from dignities, and principles
         known by themselves.                  --Sir T.

Syn: See {Decorum}.

{To stand upon one's dignity}, to have or to affect a high
   notion of one's own rank, privilege, or character.

         They did not stand upon their dignity, nor give
         their minds to being or to seeming as elegant and as
         fine as anybody else.                 --R. G. White.

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