(?), n.;
pl. Dignities (#).
[OE. dignete, dignite, OF. dignet, dignit, F. dignit, fr. L. dignitas, from dignus worthy. See Dainty, Deign.] 1. The state of being worthy or honorable; elevation of mind or character; true worth; excellence.
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2. Elevation; grandeur.
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The dignity of this act was worth the audience of kings.
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3. Elevated rank; honorable station; high office, political or ecclesiastical; degree of excellence; preferment; exaltation. Macaulay.
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And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?
Esth. vi. 3.
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Reuben, thou art my firstborn, . . . the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power.
Gen. xlix. 3.
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4. Quality suited to inspire respect or reverence; loftiness and grace; impressiveness; stateliness; -- said of mien, manner, style, etc.
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A letter written with singular energy and dignity of thought and language.
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5. One holding high rank; a dignitary.
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These filthy dreamers . . . speak evil of dignities.
Jude. 8.
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6. Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim. [Obs.]
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Sciences concluding from dignities, and principles known by themselves.
Sir T. Browne.

Syn. -- See Decorum.
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To stand upon one's dignity, to have or to affect a high notion of one's own rank, privilege, or character.
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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.
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