Dignify Definition

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To give dignity to; make worthy of esteem; honor, exalt, or ennoble.
Webster's New World
To make seem worthy or noble, as by giving a high-sounding name to.
To dignify cowardice by calling it prudence.
Webster's New World

To give distinction to.


To exalt in rank.


Origin of Dignify

  • Middle English dignifien from Old French dignifier from Late Latin dignificāre Latin dignus worthy dek- in Indo-European roots Latin -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificare; Latin dignus (worthy) + ficare (in comp.), facere (to make). See deign, and fact.

    From Wiktionary

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