- An example of dignify is to give an award to a soldier.
- An example of dignify is to refer to lying as "creative freedom."
Dignify is defined as to give respect or honor, or to make something seem worthy even if it is not.
- to give dignity to; make worthy of esteem; honor, exalt, or ennoble
- to make seem worthy or noble, as by giving a high-sounding name to: to dignify cowardice by calling it prudence
Origin of dignifyMiddle English dignifien ; from Old French dignifier ; from Medieval Latin dignificare ; from Classical Latin dignus, worthy + -ficare ; from facere, to make, do
transitive verbdig·ni·fied, dig·ni·fy·ing, dig·ni·fies
- To confer dignity or honor on; give distinction to: dignified him with a title.
- To raise the status of (something unworthy or lowly); make honorable: would not dignify the insulting question with a response.
Origin of dignifyMiddle English dignifien, from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificare : Latin dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficare, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present dignifies, present participle dignifying, simple past and past participle dignified)