A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.
* 1752 , (Henry Fielding), , I. viii
* 1981 , African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights , art. 5
- He uttered this ... with great majesty, or, as he called it, dignity .
* 2008 , Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) [Switzerland]
- Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being.
Decorum, formality, stateliness.
* 1934 , Aldous Huxley, "Puerto Barrios", in Beyond the Mexique Bay :
- 'The dignity' of living beings with regard to plants: Moral consideration of plants for their own sake', 3: ... the ECNH has been expected to make proposals from an ethical perspective to concretise the constitutional term ' dignity of living beings with regard to plants.
Dignity of Plants
High office, rank, or station.
* 1781 , Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , F. III. 231:
- Official DIGNITY tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
[Columbia World of Quotations 1996.]
- He ... distributed the civil and military dignities among his favourites and followers.
One holding high rank; a dignitary.
* Bible, Jude 8.
- And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?
(obsolete) Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- These filthy dreamers speak evil of dignities .
- Sciences concluding from dignities , and principles known by themselves.
* augustness, humanness, nobility, majesty, grandeur, glory, superiority, wonderfulness
Tending to give commands, authoritarian.
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* (tending to give commands) bossy, imposing
* See also
The act of giving a command.
* 2006 , William E. Mann, Augustine's Confessions (page 172)
- God could then have dispelled their ignorance by revealing to them that He had issued those commands; the fact of the occurrence of the earlier commandings would be the content of the revelation.