noun, plural dig·ni·ties.

  1. bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
  2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
  3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.
  4. relative standing; rank.
  5. a sign or token of respect: an impertinent question unworthy of the dignity of an answer.
  6. Archaic.
    1. person of high rank or title.
    2. such persons collectively.

noun plural -ties

  1. a formal, stately, or grave bearinghe entered with dignity
  2. the state or quality of being worthy of honourthe dignity of manual labour
  3. relative importance; rankhe is next in dignity to the mayor
  4. sense of self-importance (often in the phrases stand (or be) on one’s dignity, beneath one’s dignity)
  5. high rank, esp in government or the church
  6. a person of high rank or such persons collectively

early 13c., from Old French dignite “dignity, privilege, honor,” from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) “worthiness,” from dignus “worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting” from PIE *dek-no-, from root *dek- “to take, accept” (see decent).

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