dignity

Definitions

  • Gets up and quits the room with dignity
    Gets up and quits the room with dignity
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dignity the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect "it was beneath his dignity to cheat","showed his true dignity when under pressure"
    • n dignity formality in bearing and appearance "he behaved with great dignity"
    • n dignity high office or rank or station "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dignity Elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation. "And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?""Reuben, thou art my firstborn, . . . the excellency of dignity , and the excellency of power."
    • Dignity Elevation; grandeur. "The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings."
    • Dignity Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim. "Sciences concluding from dignities , and principles known by themselves.""They did not stand upon their dignity , nor give their minds to being or to seeming as elegant and as fine as anybody else."
    • Dignity One holding high rank; a dignitary. "These filthy dreamers . . . speak evil of dignities ."
    • Dignity Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of mien, manner, style, etc. "A letter written with singular energy and dignity of thought and language."
    • Dignity The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dignity The state of being worthy; nobleness or elevation of mind; worthiness: as, dignity of sentiments.
    • n dignity Elevation; honorable place or elevated rank; degree of excellence, either in estimation or in the order of nature: as, man is superior in dignity to brutes.
    • n dignity Elevation and repose of aspect or of deportment; nobility of mien: as, a man of native dignity; “dignity of attitude,”
    • n dignity Height; importance; rank.
    • n dignity An elevated office, civil or ecclesiastical; hereditary rank or title, or official distinction.
    • n dignity The rank or title of a nobleman; the right to use a title of honor, originally in virtue of an estate and accompanied by an official function.
    • n dignity One who holds high rank; a dignitary.
    • n dignity Any honor conferred; promotion.
    • n dignity In rhetoric, avoidance of unseemly or trivial tropes and figures.
    • n dignity In astrology, a situation in which a planet has an influence more powerful than usual.
    • n dignity A self-evident truth; an axiom. This word is one of the fantastical learned fabrications with which some old writers ornament their pages. It is a Latin imitation of the Greek ἀξιωμα, which means both axiom and dignity in the sense of worth.
    • n dignity Majesty, stateliness, gravity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dignity dig′ni-ti the state of being dignified: elevation of mind or character: grandeur of mien: elevation in rank, place, &c.: degree of excellence: preferment: high office: a dignitary
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Quotations

  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.”
  • Ronald Knox
    Ronald Knox
    “Only man has dignity; only man, therefore, can be funny.”
  • Robert Maynard
    Robert Maynard
    “Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.”
  • George Santayana
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    “Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.”
  • Abraham J. Heschel
    Abraham J. Heschel
    “Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
  • Herbert Clark Hoover
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    “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dignete, dignite, OF. digneté, dignité, F. dignité, fr. L. dignitas, from dignus, worthy. See Dainty Deign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dignité—L. dignitasdignus, worthy.

Usage

In literature:

Was it of Rose's gentle, subtle dignity that he was afraid?
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Sin is therefore an offense against God, and that offense is proportionate to the dignity of the person offended.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
In granting all other dignities we confer favours, but from the holder of this we ever receive them.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
He then strolls out, observing the same magnificent dignity in the outer shop.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Dazzling loveliness distinguished her, and a dignity to which all paid obeisance.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
Evil does not mean dignity, any more than it means any other good thing.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
He attained to the dignities of mareschal in France, grandee in Portugal, generalissimo in Prussia, and duke in England.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Appius, being chosen into the senate, was soon after advanced, to the highest dignity of that order.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
I set my face against it and plead for the dignity and health of the open air, and the olden time.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
This unsolicited offer of assistance hurt his dignity.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Had to keep up the dignity of the house, you know.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
You will here see that to me labor has great dignity.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
She was quite alarmed by their dignity, and they scarcely noticed poor little Olive at all.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Secure, therefore, in her sense of unassailable dignity, she entered the dining-room.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
They came so often in each day, and always with the same little touch of civil dignity.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Princess Heinrich received such tributes well, with a quiet, restrained dignity and a lofty graciousness.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
He moved with great dignity to depart.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
There was a curious dignity about her that even the obtuse Miss Nevins could not surmount.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Gundebald gave that dignity at Ravenna, in March, 473, to Glycerius, a man of unknown antecedents.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
She spoke with a demure dignity of which the picturesque value was well known to her.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

The proud imperious guise,
Impetuous and serene,
The sad mysterious eyes,
And dignity of mien!
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
You see them-too strict forms
Of will, the secret dignity
Of our dissolute storms;
They grow too bright to be.
"To The Romantic Traditionists" by Allen Tate
And well his bearing pleased me,
For I had never seen
Keener eye, or smile more sunlit,
Or more dignity of mien.
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
Joy soon succeeded unto grief,
And tears were soon dried up,
And dignities were heaped upon
Clow's noble yellow pup.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Crying amid the glittering sea,
Naming it with ecstatic breath,
Because it had such dignity,
By the sweet name of Death.
"His Dream" by William Butler Yeats
Vial of wrath has burst the seal
Thrones fall and dominations cease;
The silent face of England wears
The dignity of peace.
"The New Spirit" by William Noel Hodgson

In news:

But the city had an obligation to " house them with dignity and that's what this project does.".
'Death with dignity' bill the wrong idea .
Death with dignity and medical marijuana on the ballot.
A poster announcing the Orange County Peace and Dignity Journey fundraiser hangs at a booth outside the Anaheim Independencia Community Center on Friday night.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A Louisville middle school principal has been fired for unprofessional conduct, making malicious comments about students and staff and failing to treat people with dignity and respect.
The Jaguars paired up with the group "Dignity U Wear" to help out less fortunate people this winter.
The Jaguars held their first clothing drive with the local charity, "Dignity U Wear".
John Paul II called humanity to rediscover an anthropology based in the beauty and dignity of human life, laying its foundation firmly in Sacred Scripture and Church Tradition.
Through good times and periods that were trying and extremely difficult, the Commissioner helped to navigate the fortunes of the county and performed with dignity and grace.
In my (admittedly limited) experience, drugs have a way of taking over, so that petty concerns like human dignity simply cease to matter.
(AP) — The Wichita Art Museum has put together an exhibition depicting the dignity and plight of workers over 150 years.
Ted Baehr Gives Keynote Speech on Human Dignity and Faith.
Methodist Hospital, a member of Dignity Health, is looking for a Clinical Coordinator to add to their hospital staff.
Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, waves Thursday after speaking at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offers the keynote speech at the Operation Hope Global Financial Dignity Summit Thursday in Atlanta.
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In science:

Thus it is understood that the rural makers have to be sensitized on the cause and causalities of disability. Then only they will realize that the PWDs have the right to special care and they too can demand all the basic rights like any other normal individuals to live a life of dignity and peace.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
More specifically, compliance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (concerning human dignity, freedom, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice) and Article 8 of the European Human Rights Convention.
FuturICT
At this point, it is interesting to compare our results, which have essentially a mean field dignity, with the replica variational approach of 30 in d = 3.
Protein folding and heteropolymers
We need a new name that captures the dignity of this theory.
Theory Summary and Future Directions
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