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dig•ni•ty(ˈdɪg nɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
Dignitypersons of high rank, collectively.
The following words can all be used to describe someone who behaves in a calm, serious way:
Dignified is a complimentary word.
Formal, grave, and solemn are neutral words, which do not show approval or disapproval.
Staid is fairly uncomplimentary.
Po-faced, pompous, self-important, and stuffy are used to show disapproval. Po-faced and stuffy are not used in formal writing.
|Noun||1.||dignity - the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; "it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure"|
|2.||dignity - formality in bearing and appearance; "he behaved with great dignity"|
|3.||dignity - high office or rank or station; "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"|
"Our dignity is not in what we do, but in what we understand" [George Santayana Winds of Doctrine]
"By dignity, I mean the high place attained only when the heart and mind are lifted, equally at once, by the creative union of perception and grace" [James Thurber Lanterns and Lances]