Definition of dignity in English:


Line breaks: dig|nity
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪgnɪti

noun (plural dignities)

[mass noun]
  • 1The state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect: the dignity of labour
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    • 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 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.
    high rank, high standing, high station, status, elevation, eminence, honour, glory, greatness, importance, prominence, prestige


stand on one's dignity

Insist on being treated with due respect.
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  • 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'.

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