noun (plural dignities)[mass noun]
- 1The state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect: the dignity of labourMore example sentences
- It is well understood that honour and dignity are more important than everything.
- She has an undefinable quality and she stands for dignity and respect.
- This White House came to Office on a platform of restoring honour and dignity to the White House.
- 1.1 [count noun] A high rank or position: he promised dignities to the nobles in return for his rival’s murderMore example sentences
- He cultivated an image of Olympian detachment by scrupulously protecting the respective ranks and dignities of the grandees.
- Dealing with the item, the Mayor completely forgot the dignities of the office he holds as a neutral guardian of the rights of each citizen in his haste to score a personal rebuff.
- This is the sort of person who steps up to the plate when offices and dignities are being passed around.
- 2A composed or serious manner or style: he bowed with great dignityMore example sentences
stateliness, nobleness, nobility, majesty, regalness, regality, royalness, courtliness, augustness, loftiness, exaltedness, lordliness, impressiveness, grandeur, magnificence; ceremoniousness, formality, decorum, propriety, correctness, righteousness, respectability, worthiness, honourability, integrity; solemnity, gravity, gravitas, reserve, sobriety, sedateness, composure
- Of course people should be able to deal with each other in a manner of dignity and respect.
- He handed her the rose with all the dignity that such a serious occasion demanded before getting rather unsteadily to his feet.
- Joanna did herself proud, showing that Polish youth can carry themselves with dignity and decorum all over the world.
- 2.1A sense of pride in oneself; self-respect: it was beneath his dignity to shoutMore example sentences
- An innate sense of pride and dignity sets them apart from the crowd.
- But on the other hand, that is what poverty does to us in the global south; it makes you lose your sense of dignity and pride.
- Imagine losing a lifetime of memories, your dignity and your sense of pride.
stand on one's dignity
- Insist on being treated with due respect.More example sentences
- First, the Lord Advocate stood on his dignity and solemnly intoned that such an idea was an affront to his independence as a law officer charged with the duty of deciding who to prosecute without fear or favour.
- We know he stands on his dignity, but do we know what, if any, policy the Labour Party has.
- Accuse someone of being a liar and it's almost guaranteed to put the nastiness of any debate up another level and require people to ‘stand on their dignity.’
Middle English: from Old French dignete, from Latin dignitas, from dignus 'worthy'.