dignity (n.)

c. 1200, "state of being worthy," from Old French dignite "dignity, privilege, honor," from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) "worthiness," from dignus "worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting," from PIE *dek-no-, suffixed form of root *dek- "to take, accept."

From c. 1300 as "an elevated office, civil or ecclesiastical," also "honorable place or elevated rank." From late 14c. as "gravity of countenance."

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dignity (n.)
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect;
showed his true dignity when under pressure
it was beneath his dignity to cheat
dignity (n.)
formality in bearing and appearance;
he behaved with great dignity
Synonyms: lordliness / gravitas
dignity (n.)
high office or rank or station;
he respected the dignity of the emissaries