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Syllabification: dig·ni·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈdiɡnədē

Definition of dignity in English:

noun (plural dignities)

1The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect: a man of dignity and unbending principle the dignity of labor
More 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.
1.1A composed or serious manner or style: he bowed with great dignity
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  • 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.
stateliness, nobility, majesty, regality, courtliness, augustness, loftiness, lordliness, grandeur;
solemnity, gravity, gravitas, formality, decorum, propriety, sedateness
1.2A sense of pride in oneself; self-respect: it was beneath his dignity to shout
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  • 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.
1.3A high or honorable rank or position: he promised dignities to the nobles in return for his rival’s murder
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  • 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.


Middle English: from Old French dignete, from Latin dignitas, from dignus 'worthy'.


stand on one's dignity

Insist on being treated with due respect.
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.’

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