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Definition of dignity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 honor 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. Idioms
    beneath your dignity
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    below what you see as your own importance or worth
    stand on your dignity (formal)
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    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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dignity

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