AskDefine | Define dignity

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1 the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; "it was beneath his dignity to cheat"; "showed his true dignity when under pressure" [syn: self-respect, self-esteem, self-regard]
2 formality in bearing and appearance; "he behaved with great dignity" [syn: lordliness, gravitas]
3 high office or rank or station; "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Dignity



From Latin dignitas, from adjective dignus, worthy or appropriate


  • /ˈdɪgnəti/, /"dIgn@ti/


  1. worth; worthiness; the state of being worthy of respect or esteem




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Extensive Definition

Dignity is defined as "the state of being worthy of honor or respect". The inherent worthiness of human beings is known as human dignity and is different than dignity.



  1. Dignity, article from educational site Parenting For Everyone
  2. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy \ Respect
dignity in German: Würde
dignity in Spanish: Dignidad
dignity in Esperanto: Digno
dignity in French: Dignité
dignity in Italian: Dignità
dignity in Polish: Godność
dignity in Portuguese: Dignidade
dignity in Simple English: Dignity
dignity in Slovak: Dôstojnosť
dignity in Swedish: Värdighet
dignity in Thai: ศักดิ์ศรี
dignity in Ukrainian: Гідність

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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