Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.
* 1698 . "A person of quality" [Pierre Nicole]. Moral Essayes, Contain'd in Several Treatises on Many Important Duties. Vol I, p95.
* , Episode 12, The Cyclops
- "'Tis a gross visible errour, which Tertullian teaches in his Book of Idolatry cap. 18. That all the marks of Dignity and Power, and all the ornaments annexed to Office, are forbid Christians, and that Jesus Christ hath plac'd all these things amongst the pomps of the Devil, since he himself appeared in a condition so far from all pomp and splendour."
A procession distinguished by ostentation and splendor; a pageant.
- The deafening claps of thunder and the dazzling flashes of lightning which lit up the ghastly scene testified that the artillery of heaven had lent its supernatural pomp to the already gruesome spectacle.
- all the pomps of a Roman triumph
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