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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dignity  \Dig"ni*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Dignities}.  [OE.  dignete  dignite, 
  OF  dignet['e],  dignit['e],  F.  dignit['e],  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. 
 
  2.  Elevation;  grandeur. 
 
  The  dignity  of  this  act  was  worth  the  audience  of 
  kings.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Elevated  rank;  honorable  station;  high  office,  political 
  or  ecclesiastical;  degree  of  excellence;  preferment; 
  exaltation.  --Macaulay. 
 
  And  the  king  said  What  honor  and  dignity  hath  been 
  done  to  Mordecai  for  this?  --Esth.  vi  3. 
 
  Reuben,  thou  art  my  firstborn,  .  .  .  the  excellency 
  of  dignity,  and  the  excellency  of  power.  --Gen. 
  xlix.  3. 
 
  4.  Quality  suited  to  inspire  respect  or  reverence;  loftiness 
  and  grace;  impressiveness;  stateliness;  --  said  of  ??en, 
  manner,  style,  etc 
 
  A  letter  written  with  singular  energy  and  dignity  of 
  thought  ??d  language.  --Macaulay. 
 
  5.  One  holding  high  rank;  a  dignitary. 
 
  These  filthy  dreamers  .  .  .  speak  evil  of  dignities. 
  --Jude.  8. 
 
  6.  Fundamental  principle;  axiom;  maxim.  [Obs.] 
 
  Sciences  concluding  from  dignities,  and  principles 
  known  by  themselves.  --Sir  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Decorum}. 
 
  {To  stand  upon  one's  dignity},  to  have  or  to  affect  a  high 
  notion  of  one's  own  rank,  privilege,  or  character. 
 
  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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