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n. pl. dig·ni·ties
1. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
2. Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
a. Poise and self-respect.
b. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
4. The respect and honor associated with an important position.
5. A high office or rank.
6. dignities The ceremonial symbols and observances attached to high office.
7. Archaic A dignitary.

[Middle English dignite, from Old French, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ties
1. a formal, stately, or grave bearing: he entered with dignity.
2. the state or quality of being worthy of honour: the dignity of manual labour.
3. (Sociology) relative importance; rank: he is next in dignity to the mayor.
4. sense of self-importance (often in the phrases stand (or be) on one's dignity, beneath one's dignity)
5. high rank, esp in government or the church
6. a person of high rank or such persons collectively
[C13: from Old French dignite, from Latin dignitās merit, from dignus worthy]


(ˈdɪg nɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. bearing, conduct, or manner indicative of self-respect, formality, or gravity.
2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness.
3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.
4. relative standing; rank.
5. a sign or token of respect: a question unworthy of the dignity of a reply.
6. Archaic. dignitary.
[1175–1225; Middle English dignite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dignitās worthiness =dign(us) worthy + -itās -ity]


 persons of high rank, collectively.
Examples: dignity of the army, 1548; of a great kingdom, 1793; of canons—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.


The following words can all be used to describe someone who behaves in a calm, serious way:

1. 'dignified'

Dignified is a complimentary word.

Doctors were respected everywhere. They always looked clean and dignified.
2. 'formal', 'grave' and 'solemn'

Formal, grave, and solemn are neutral words, which do not show approval or disapproval.

'How is your mother?' Daintry asked with formal politeness.
...as she explains the concept of gross national product to her solemn students.
3. 'staid'

Staid is fairly uncomplimentary.

The others are a pretty staid lot.
4. 'po-faced', 'pompous', 'self-important', and 'stuffy'

Po-faced, pompous, self-important, and stuffy are used to show disapproval. Po-faced and stuffy are not used in formal writing.

He was somewhat pompous and had a high opinion of his own capabilities.
His irrepressible irreverence has frequently landed him in trouble with the stuffy and self-important.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dignity - the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; "it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure"
pride, pridefulness - a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
2.dignity - formality in bearing and appearance; "he behaved with great dignity"
comportment, mien, bearing, presence - dignified manner or conduct
3.dignity - high office or rank or station; "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"
status, position - the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society; "he had the status of a minor"; "the novel attained the status of a classic"; "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"


1. decorum, breeding, gravity, majesty, grandeur, respectability, nobility, propriety, solemnity, gentility, courtliness, loftiness, stateliness Everyone admired her extraordinary dignity and composure.
2. self-importance, pride, self-esteem, morale, self-respect, self-worth, self-regard, self-possession, amour-propre (French) Admit that you were wrong. You won't lose dignity.
"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]


A person's high standing among others:
أهَمِيَّهكَرَامَةكَرامهَ، شَرَف، كِبْرِياءمَنْصِب، مَقاموَقار
stolt, sómatilfinningvirîingarstaîavirîuleiki, myndugleikivirîuleiki; virîing, sæmd
garbėgarbingas vardasorumasrimtumassvarbumas
augsts/cienīgs stāvokliscieņacienīgumsgodssvarīgums
ağırbaşlılıkgururhaysiyetitibarönem ve ciddiyet
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[ˈdɪgnɪtɪ] N
1. (= self-esteem) → dignidad f
that would be beneath my dignityno me rebajaría a eso
to stand on one's dignityponerse en su lugar
2. (= solemnity) [of occasion] → solemnidad f
3. (= respectability) [of work, labour] → dignidad f, honorabilidad f


[ˈdɪgnɪti] ndignité f
to lose one's dignity → perdre sa dignité
to keep one's dignity, to preserve one's dignity → garder sa dignité


(of person, occasion, work)Würde f; to die with dignityin Würde sterben; to stand on one’s dignityförmlich sein; to lose one’s dignitysich blamieren; that would be beneath my dignitydas wäre unter meiner Würde
(= high rank, post)Rang m, → (hohe) Stellung; (= title)Würde f


[ˈdɪgnɪtɪ] ndignità
it would be beneath his dignity to do it → non si abbasserebbe mai a farlo


(ˈdignəti) noun
1. stateliness or seriousness of manner. Holding her head high, she retreated with dignity.
2. importance or seriousness. the dignity of the occasion.
3. a privilege etc indicating rank. He had risen to the dignity of an office of his own.
4. one's personal pride. He had wounded her dignity.


كَرَامَة důstojnost værdighed Würde αξιοπρέπεια dignidad arvokkuus dignité dostojanstvo dignità 威厳 존엄성 waardigheid verdighet godność dignidade достоинство värdighet ความมีเกียรติ haysiyet thái độ đường hoàng 尊严


n dignidad f
References in classic literature ?
It's proper to use good words, and improve your vocabilary," returned Amy, with dignity.
His name was Joe Welling, and his fa- ther had been a man of some dignity in the commu- nity, a lawyer, and a member of the state legislature at Columbus.
I felt at once his deliberateness and personal dignity, and was a little in awe of him.
As the devoted wife of a man who worshiped her, she felt she would take her place with a certain dignity in the world of reality, closing the portals forever behind her upon the realm of romance and dreams.
A large, civil cocked hat, like those worn by clergymen within the last thirty years, surmounted the whole, furnishing dignity to a good-natured and somewhat vacant countenance, that apparently needed such artificial aid, to support the gravity of some high and extraordinary trust.
Those persons," he said, "who cannot respect the dignity of this court will leave it.
On the other hand, I surveyed the famous river Ohio that rolled in silent dignity, marking the western boundary of Kentucke with inconceivable grandeur.
cried the lieutenant-governor, who had overheard the foregoing discussion, and felt himself high enough in station to play a little with his dignity.
The besom of reform hath swept him out of office, and a worthier successor wears his dignity and pockets his emoluments.
Grant it, since you cite it; but, say what you will, there is no real dignity in whaling.
In the present instance, too, this dignity is heightened by the pepper and salt color of his head at the summit, giving token of advanced age and large experience.
The charming Augusta Hawkins, in addition to all the usual advantages of perfect beauty and merit, was in possession of an independent fortune, of so many thousands as would always be called ten; a point of some dignity, as well as some convenience: the story told well; he had not thrown himself awayhe had gained a woman of 10,000 l.