Dignify vs Worthy - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between dignify and worthy
is that dignify
is to invest with dignity or honour while worthy
is to render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
As an adjective worthy is
having worth, merit or value.
As a noun worthy is
a distinguished or eminent person.
to invest with dignity or honour
to give distinction to
to exalt in rank
- Your worth will dignify our feast. - B. Jonson.
From (etyl) worthy, wurthi, from (etyl) *.
having worth, merit or value
* Sir J. Davies
- These banished men that I have kept withal / Are men endued with worthy qualities.
honourable or admirable
deserving, or having sufficient worth
- This worthy' mind should ' worthy things embrace.
* Bible, Matthew iii. 11
- No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
- whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
- And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know / More happiness.
- The lodging is well worthy of the guest.
a distinguished or eminent person
From (etyl) worthien, wurthien, from (etyl) .
To render or treat as worthy; exalt; revere; honour; esteem; respect; value; reward; adore.
* 1880 , Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature :
- And put upon him such a deal of man, That worthied him, got praises of the king [...]'' — Shakespeare, ''King Lear .
* 1908 , Edward Arthur Brayley Hodgetts, The court of Russia in the nineteenth century :
- After having duly paid his addresses to it, he generally spends some time on the marble slab in front of the looking-glass, but without showing the slightest emotion at the sight of his own reflection, or worthying it with a song.
* 1910 , Charles William Eliot, The Harvard classics: Beowulf :
- And it is a poor daub besides," the Emperor rejoined scornfully, as he stalked out of the gallery without worthying the artist with a look.
- No henchman he worthied by weapons, if witness his features, his peerless presence!