An example of dignity is the respect paid to an elder member in the family.
The dignity of honest labor.
Origin of dignity
- Middle English dignite from Old French from Latin dignitās from dignus worthy dek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English dignitee, from Old French dignite, from Latin dignitas (“worthiness, merit, dignity, grandeur, authority, rank, office”), from dignus (“worthy, appropriate”), from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ-no, from *deḱ- (“to take”), same source as decus (“honor, esteem”) and decet (“it is fitting”). Cognate to deign.