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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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 persons of high rank, collectively.
Examples: dignity of the army, 1548; of a great kingdom, 1793; of canons—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
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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.
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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"
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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]
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A person's high standing among others:
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أهَمِيَّهكَرَامَةكَرامهَ، شَرَف، كِبْرِياءمَنْصِب، مَقاموَقار
stolt, sómatilfinningvirîingarstaîavirîuleiki, myndugleikivirîuleiki; virîing, sæmd
garbėgarbingas vardasorumasrimtumassvarbumas
augsts/cienīgs stāvokliscieņacienīgumsgodssvarīgums
ağırbaşlılıkgururhaysiyetitibarönem ve ciddiyet
thái độ đường hoàng


[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
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[ˈdɪgnɪti] ndignité f
to lose one's dignity → perdre sa dignité
to keep one's dignity, to preserve one's dignity → garder sa dignité
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(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
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[ˈdɪgnɪtɪ] ndignità
it would be beneath his dignity to do it → non si abbasserebbe mai a farlo
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(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.
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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
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n dignidad f
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Sancho made him an obeisance, and said, "Ever since I came down from heaven, and from the top of it beheld the earth, and saw how little it is, the great desire I had to be a governor has been partly cooled in me; for what is there grand in being ruler on a grain of mustard seed, or what dignity or authority in governing half a dozen men about as big as hazel nuts; for, so far as I could see, there were no more on the whole earth?
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