noun dig·ni·ty \ˈdig-nə-tē\

: a way of appearing or behaving that suggests seriousness and self-control

: the quality of being worthy of honor or respect

plural dig·ni·ties

Full Definition of DIGNITY

:  the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed
a :  high rank, office, or position
b :  a legal title of nobility or honor
archaic :  dignitary
:  formal reserve or seriousness of manner, appearance, or language

Examples of DIGNITY

  1. She showed dignity in defeat.
  2. The ceremony was conducted with great dignity.
  3. Theirs is a country that cherishes freedom and human dignity.
  4. Jenny Daggers links feminist critiques and interreligious dialogue, arguing that our failure to treat people of other traditions with dignity matches in deed and rhetoric our inability to see that women are full and equal members of the community. —Francis X. Clooney, Commonweal, 11 Sept. 2009

Origin of DIGNITY

Middle English dignete, from Anglo-French digneté, from Latin dignitat-, dignitas, from dignus
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

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DIGNITIES Defined for Kids


noun dig·ni·ty \ˈdig-nə-tē\
plural dig·ni·ties

Definition of DIGNITY for Kids

:  the quality or state of being worthy of honor and respect <He believes in the dignity of all people.>
:  a serious and admirable look or way of behaving


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