dignity Definition

  • 1the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect
  • 2a composed or serious manner or style

Using dignity: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dignity" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She maintained her dignity throughout the ordeal.

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    The organization works to promote the dignity of all people.

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    He conducted himself with great dignity during the ceremony.

  • Example

    The loss of his job was a blow to his dignity.

dignity Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for dignity

Idioms Using dignity

  • to do something that is considered beneath one's social status or personal standards


    He refused to do anything beneath his dignity, even if it meant losing his job.

  • to stand on one's dignity

    to insist on being treated with respect and not allowing oneself to be humiliated


    She stood on her dignity and refused to apologize for something she didn't do.

  • to maintain one's self-respect and composure in difficult situations


    Despite the criticism, she managed to keep her dignity intact and didn't let it affect her work.

Phrases with dignity

  • standards of dignity

    a set of principles or values that promote and protect the worth and respect of individuals


    The organization advocates for the standards of dignity in the workplace.

  • the inherent value and worth of every person, regardless of their background or circumstances


    The government is committed to upholding human dignity and protecting the rights of its citizens.

  • the right of a terminally ill patient to die with respect and without suffering


    The law allows patients to choose death with dignity as an end-of-life option.

Origins of dignity

from Old French 'dignite', from Latin 'dignitas', meaning 'worthiness'


Summary: dignity in Brief

The term 'dignity' [ˈdɪɡnəti] refers to the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect. It can also denote a composed or serious manner. Examples include 'She maintained her dignity throughout the ordeal,' and 'The organization works to promote the dignity of all people.' Phrases like 'human dignity' and 'death with dignity' extend the concept to intrinsic human worth and end-of-life options. Idioms like 'to do something beneath one's dignity' and 'to stand on one's dignity' describe actions that are below one's standards or insisting on respect.

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