Dignity is defined as the personal quality of being worthy of honor.noun
An example of dignity is the respect paid to an elder member in the family.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
noun pl. dignities
- the quality of being worthy of esteem or honor; worthiness
- high repute; honor
- the degree of worth, repute, or honor
- a high position, rank, or title
- loftiness of appearance or manner; stateliness
- proper pride and self-respect
- Archaic a dignitary
Origin: ME & OFr dignite < L dignitas, worth, merit < dignus, worthy < IE base *dek-, to receive, be fitting > décor, docile
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noun pl. dig·ni·ties
- The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
- Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
- a. Poise and self-respect.b. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
- The respect and honor associated with an important position.
- A high office or rank.
- dignities The ceremonial symbols and observances attached to high office.
- Archaic A dignitary.
Origin: Middle English dignite, from Old French, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.