(Dig"ni*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dignified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dignifying.] [OF. dignifier, fr. LL.
dignificare; L. dignus worthy + ficare (in comp.), facere to make. See Deign, and Fact.] To invest
with dignity or honor; to make illustrious; to give distinction to; to exalt in rank; to honor.
Your worth will dignify our feast.B. Jonson.
Syn. To exalt; elevate; prefer; advance; honor; illustrate; adorn; ennoble.
(Dig"ni*ta*ry) n.; pl. Dignitaries [Cf. F. dignitaire, fr. L. dignitas.] One who possesses
exalted rank or holds a position of dignity or honor; especially, one who holds an ecclesiastical rank above
that of a parochial priest or clergyman.
(Dig"ni*ty) n.; pl. Dignities [OE. dignete, dignite, OF. digneté, dignité, F. dignité, 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.
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 mien, manner, style, etc.
A letter written with singular energy and dignity of thought and 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.
(Dig*no"tion) n. [L. dignoscere to distinguish; di- = dis- + gnoscere, noscere, to learn to
know.] Distinguishing mark; diagnostic. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Dig"o*nous) a. [Gr. = double + an angle.] Having two angles. Smart.
(Di"gram) n. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + letter.] A digraph.
(Di"graph) n. [Gr. di- = di`s- twice + a writing, to write.] Two signs or characters combined
to express a single articulated sound; as ea in head, or th in bath.