dig·​ni·​fied | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce dignified (audio) \

Definition of dignified

: showing or expressing dignity a dignified manner looking dignified in a suit and tie

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Worker’s Justice Project was started in 2010 by a group of jornaleras, or women day laborers, and construction workers in Williamsburg, with the dream to have a better life, to earn better wages and have more dignified and safer working conditions. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 2 June 2021 National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy, whose role in the war was comparable to McNamara’s escaped ignominy by maintaining what was regarded as a dignified silence and was hailed for his progressive leadership of the Ford Foundation. Peter Osnos, Time, 1 June 2021 For that matter, giving the unseen a dignified presence seems just the right metaphor for a library in Vickery Meadow, a community that is often overlooked, but worthy of attention. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 In one photo, his grandmother looks dignified but frail wrapped in tweed, gazing away from the camera with a small, anonymous hand on her shoulder. Andrea Denhoed, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 The notion is that, instead of going to an emergency room or to jail, someone in crisis can go to a more dignified environment. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 The aim is to move out of shelters and have a dignified and meaningful life. Nell Derick Debevoise, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The symposium resulted in a report showing that employers benefit from diversifying their workforce and creating dignified work opportunities for marginalized groups. Alisha Malkani, CNN, 18 May 2021 By his side throughout the journey is the show’s most inscrutable presence, Homer (Chase W. Dillon in a haunting, precocious performance), a quiet Black boy in a dignified suit who maintains an inexplicably fierce loyalty to Ridgeway. Judy Berman, Time, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of dignified

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dignified

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dignified

: serious and somewhat formal : having or showing dignity


dig·​ni·​fied | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd How to pronounce dignified (audio) \

Kids Definition of dignified

: having or showing dignity


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