[ noun ] the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
: "it was beneath his dignity to cheat" "showed his true dignity when under pressure"
Used in print(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
Nikolai_Cherkasov , the Russian actor who has played such heroic roles as Alexander_Nevsky and Ivan_the_Terrible , performs the lanky Don_Quixote , and does so with a simple dignity that bridges the inner nobility and the surface absurdity of this poignant man .
Though his character is broader and more comically rounded than the don , he gives it a firmness and toughness - a sort_of peasant dignity - too .(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)
Robert_E._Lee represented the dignity needed by a rebelling confederacy .(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
Professionally a lawyer , that_is_to_say associated with dignity , reserve , discipline , with much that is essentially middle-class , he is compelled by an impossible love to exhibit himself dressed_up , disguised - that_is , paradoxically , revealed - as a child , and , worse , as a whore masquerading as a child .(John Michael Ray, "Rhode Island's Reactions...)
The Providence_Daily_Journal , however , stated that Brown 's courage , bravery , and heroism `` in a good cause would make a man a martyr ; it gives something of dignity even to a bad one '' .
[ noun ] high office or rank or station
: "he respected the dignity of the emissaries"