Decent vs Dignify - What's the difference?

decent | dignify |

As an adjective decent

is decent (sufficiently clothed).

As a verb dignify is

to invest with dignity or honour.




(en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Appropriate; suitable for the circumstances.
  • (of a person) Having a suitable conformity to basic moral standards; showing integrity, fairness, or other characteristics associated with moral uprightness.
  • Sufficiently clothed or dressed to be seen.
  • Fair; good enough; okay.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.}}
  • Significant; substantial.
  • (obsolete) Comely; shapely; well-formed.
  • * A sable stole of cyprus lawn / Over thy decent shoulders drawn — Milton.
  • Antonyms

    * indecent






  • to invest with dignity or honour
  • to give distinction to
  • to exalt in rank
  • to honor.
  • Your worth will dignify our feast. - B. Jonson.


    * exalt * elevate * prefer * advance * honor * illustrate * adorn * ennoble