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Definitions of dignity

  1. high office or rank or station; " he respected the dignity of the emissaries"
  2. the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; " it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; " showed his true dignity when under pressure"
  3. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
  4. Elevation; grandeur.
  5. Elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation.
  6. One holding high rank; a dignitary.
  7. Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.
  8. Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; - said of en, manner, style, etc.
  9. Elevation of rank; degree of excellence; moral worth; qualities suited to inspire or command respect and reverence; stateliness of manner.
  10. The state of being worthy or dignified: elevation of mind or character: grandeur of mien: elevation in rank, place, etc.: degree of excellence: preferment: high office.
  11. Elevation of rank or character; nobleness; high rank or office.
  12. Grave or stately bearing.
  13. High rank or position; distinction; excellence; worth.
  14. A dignitary.
  15. Nobleness or elevation of mind based on moral rectitude; degree of rank, either in estimation or in the order of nature; grandeur of mien; elevation of deportment; an elevated office, civil or ecelesiastical, giving a high rank in society, or the rank attached to it; the rank or title of a nobleman; one of the three parts of elocution, consisting in the right use of tropes and figures; an advantage which a planet has on account of its being in some particular place of the zodiac, or in a particular station in respect to other planets.
  16. Nobleness or elevation of mind; true honour; grandeur of mien; an office giving high rank with jurisdiction or power; the rank or title of a nobleman.
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Usage examples for dignity

  1. " You do not understand," he returned, with an air of great dignity. – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  2. He spoke quietly and with dignity. – The Birthright by Joseph Hocking
  3. So let us do, what must be done, with dignity, With a firm step. – The Death of Wallenstein A Play by Frederich Schiller
  4. Quite unself- conscious in his simplicity he rose almost to dignity. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  5. Moreover, his dignity had been touched. – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  6. He would rather die than drag down the dignity of the Hursts. – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens
  7. With him, he said, it had not only been a duty but a pleasure, and as he had given to our brief wedding just the right touch of dignity, we were grateful to him. – A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland
  8. I believe you couldn't have been so very much afraid of Jeremiah's and my great dignity or you wouldn't have dared come and see us tonight. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  9. Dignity, honor-" " Oh, have no fear of that, sir. – Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First by Honore de Balzac
  10. Do you know, it seems to me that a great deal of nonsense is talked about the dignity of work. – The Explorer by W. Somerset Maugham
  11. And what a stern dignity of expression, as though love were the most serious, deadly- earnest, sacred thing. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  12. My name is AhnRee, he had said with great dignity. – Joe Burke's Last Stand by John Moncure Wetterau
  13. Carley ran to the open door with more haste than dignity. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  14. I will tell him, ' said the curate with dignity. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  15. I knew, of course, that repose added dignity; but this seemed too much. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  16. He had more dignity of bearing than any man I ever saw. – Lafayette by Martha Foote Crow
  17. Wulf looked at him without answering, and Fandor added with great dignity: " You can go now." – A Royal Prisoner by Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain
  18. Dignity was the first safe bet I could think of with her, so I tried that. – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  19. With what dignity I could command, I walked up to my patient. – The Captive in Patagonia by Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  20. " My son, my son," she said with dignity, " I don't understand you." – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
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