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noun Dig"ni*ty
  1. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
  2. Elevation; grandeur."The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings." [Shak.]
  3. 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.]
  4. 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.]
  5. One holding high rank; a dignitary."These filthy dreamers . . . speak evil of dignities." [Jude. 8.]
  6. 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

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  1. The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect ("it was beneath his dignity to cheat" and "showed his true dignity when under pressure")
  2. Formality in bearing and appearance ("he behaved with great dignity")
  3. High office or rank or station ("he respected the dignity of the emissaries")

From Middle English dignitee, from Old French dignite, from Latin dīgnitās (“worthiness, merit, dignity, grandeur, authority, rank, office”), from dīgnus (“worthy, appropriate”), from Proto-Italic *degnos, from Proto-Indo-European *dḱ-nos, from *deḱ- (“to take”). See also decus (“honor, esteem”) and decet (“it is fitting”). Cognate to deign.

  1. A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.
  2. Decorum, formality, stateliness.
  3. High office, rank, or station.
  4. One holding high rank; a dignitary.
  5. (obsolete) Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.

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Past life for Dignity born Apr 18, 1956

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-West approximately on 1025. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.