Definition of dignity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnəti//
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  1. 1a calm and serious manner that deserves respect She accepted the criticism with quiet dignity.
  2. 2the fact of being given honour and respect by people the dignity of work The terminally ill should be allowed to die with dignity.
  3. 3a sense of your own importance and value It's difficult to preserve your dignity when you have no job and no home.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French dignete, from Latin dignitas, from dignus ‘worthy’.Extra examples He brings a quiet dignity to the role. He clearly regarded manual work as beneath his dignity. He hoped that he could change his mind without loss of dignity. He needed a way to retreat with his dignity intact. His aristocratic voice gives him an air of dignity and power. Keeping prisoners in such dreadful conditions strips them of all dignity. She had a strong sense of dignity. She spoke to him with quiet dignity. She was never one to stand on her dignity. Slavery destroys human dignity. The awful thing about old age is losing your dignity. These people have enormous dignity. We all want to maintain our dignity in old age. We felt that the way she was treated was lacking in dignity. With as much dignity as he could muster, he left the room. the importance of human dignity the right to die with dignity It’s difficult to preserve your dignity when you have no job and no home. Money means independence and personal dignity.Idioms below what you see as your own importance or worth (formal) to demand to be treated with the respect that you think that you deserve Our teacher never stands on her dignity with us, but treats us all as friends and colleagues.
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