dig·​ni·​fied ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce dignified (audio)
: showing or expressing dignity
a dignified manner
looking dignified in a suit and tie

Examples of dignified in a Sentence

She has a kind but dignified manner. He looked very dignified in his new suit. The hotel's lobby is dignified but inviting.
Recent Examples on the Web In art, as in media of all kinds, Black women have often been either represented as subordinate, like Olympia’s maid, or as a dignified heroine (and in Hollywood movies, usually a little of both). M.h. Miller, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The Holocaust itself was not enough—no people can build a sustainable and dignified self-image on the basis of victimhood alone—but Zionism transformed victimhood into triumph. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 Biden will attend the dignified transfer today of the three American soldiers killed in Jordan this week. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 2 Feb. 2024 They’re given chances to be dignified and inspirational. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 Sanders, Biden informed them of Sanders being posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant and sought their permission to attend the dignified transfer. Ayesha Ali, ABC News, 2 Feb. 2024 Washington — President Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Friday attended the dignified transfer of the remains of three U.S. soldiers who were killed in an aerial drone attack at an outpost in Jordan last weekend. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III attend the dignified transfer of the remains of Army Reserve Sergeants William Rivers, Kennedy Sanders and Breonna Moffett at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, on February 2. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 In 2021, Biden attended the dignified transfer of the remains of 13 troops killed in a suicide attack during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dignified was in 1584

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“Dignified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dignified. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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dig·​ni·​fied ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce dignified (audio)
: having or showing dignity

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