- The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
- Elevation; grandeur."The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings." [Shak.]
- 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?" [Esth. vi. 3.]"Reuben, thou art my firstborn, . . . the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power." [Gen. xlix. 3.]
- 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." [Macaulay.]
- One holding high rank; a dignitary."These filthy dreamers . . . speak evil of dignities." [Jude. 8.]
- Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.(Obs)"Sciences concluding from dignities, and principles known by themselves." [Sir T. Browne.]synonyms: See Decorum."They did not stand upon their dignity, nor give their minds to being or to seeming as elegant and as fine as anybody else." [R. G. White.]
Etymology: OE. dignete dignite, OF. digneté dignité, F. dignité, fr. L. dignitas, from dignus worthy. See Dainty Deign