dignity

dig|ni|ty [ˈdıgnıti] n [U]
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: dignité, from Latin dignitas 'worth', from dignus 'deserving admiration']
1.) the ability to behave in a calm controlled way even in a difficult situation
with dignity
The family faced their ordeal with dignity and courage.
an appearance of quiet dignity
2.) your dignity
your sense of your own value or importance
retain/lose your dignity
Old people need to retain their dignity and independence.
Arguing was beneath her dignity (=was something she thought she was too important to do) .
3.) the fact of being respected or deserving respect
with dignity
Patients should be allowed to die with dignity.
Prisoners should be treated with regard for human dignity .
4.) a calm and serious quality
dignity of
the dignity of the occasion
5.) stand on your dignity
formal to demand to be treated with proper respect

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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