1. characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous: dignified conduct.

verb (used with object), dig·ni·fied, dig·ni·fy·ing.

  1. to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
  2. to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon: to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship.


  1. characterized by dignity of manner or appearance; stately

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

  1. to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
  2. to add distinction tothe meeting was dignified by the minister
  3. to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or titleshe dignifies every plant with its Latin name

past participle adjective from dignify; 1660s in sense “ranking as a dignitary;” 1812 in sense “having a dignified manner.”


mid-15c., from Middle French dignifier, from Medieval Latin dignificare “make worthy,” from Latin dignus (see dignity) + -ficare, from facere “to make, do” (see factitious). Related: Dignification; dignified; dignifying.

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