Vanity vs Dignity - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between vanity and dignity

is that vanity is (obsolete) any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation while dignity is (obsolete) fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.

As nouns the difference between vanity and dignity

is that vanity is that which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit while dignity is a quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.

vanity

English

(wikipedia vanity)

Noun

(vanities)
  • That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
  • *
  • Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
  • A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
  • Emptiness.
  • (obsolete) Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
  • * It is a vanity to say that if two stones are dropped from a tower, the heavier will experience the greater acceleration.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • To help the matter, the alchemists call in many vanities out of astrology.

    Synonyms

    * conceit * egotism * narcissism * pride * See also

    Derived terms

    * vanity case

    dignity

    Noun

    (dignities)
  • A quality or state worthy of esteem and respect.
  • * 1752 , (Henry Fielding), , I. viii
  • He uttered this ... with great majesty, or, as he called it, dignity .
  • * 1981 , African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights , art. 5
  • Every individual shall have the right to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being.
  • * 2008 , Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) [Switzerland]
  • '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
  • Decorum, formality, stateliness.
  • * 1934 , Aldous Huxley, "Puerto Barrios", in Beyond the Mexique Bay :
  • 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.
  • High office, rank, or station.
  • * 1781 , Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , F. III. 231:
  • He ... distributed the civil and military dignities among his favourites and followers.
  • * Macaulay
  • And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this?
  • One holding high rank; a dignitary.
  • * Bible, Jude 8.
  • These filthy dreamers speak evil of dignities .
  • (obsolete) Fundamental principle; axiom; maxim.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • Sciences concluding from dignities , and principles known by themselves.

    Synonyms

    * worth * worthiness

    Coordinate terms

    * augustness, humanness, nobility, majesty, grandeur, glory, superiority, wonderfulness

    See also

    * affirmation * integrity * self-respect * self-esteem * self-worth

    References

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