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Meaning of dignity

dig•ni•ty

Pronunciation: (dig'ni-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
  2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
  3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.
  4. relative standing; rank.
  5. a sign or token of respect: an impertinent question unworthy of the dignity of an answer.
    1. person of high rank or title.
    2. such persons collectively.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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