The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Twelve – Vocabulary

Were you born into a situation where you were expected to behave a certain way just because of who your family was? Many of us have the opportunity to form our own reputations throughout our lives, rather than having one thrust upon us when we were born. This is not, and has never been, the case for royals. Today our vocab word for The Prince and the Pauper Chapter 12 is…


The word ‘dignity’ can be used in many different ways. Keep reading or watch the video below to dive into this word as it is used in The Prince and the Pauper.



(n) formal seriousness
(n) the state of being worthy/honored


Often applied to those with high office or rank




  • Language of Origin: Old French
  • “dignite” meaning dignity, privilege, honor
  • Language of Origin: Latin
  • “dignitatem” (nominative “dignitas”) meaning worthiness
  • “dignus” meaning worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting

Sentences/Additional Forms

  • Straightforward sentence: I believe in the dignity of all people.
  • Sentence from the chapter: “While the King ate, the rigour of his royal dignity relaxed a little, and with his growing contentment came a desire to talk. ” (p. 64)
  • Other forms: dignitary (n)

But wait, there’s more!

Idioms usings ‘Dignity’

  • Stand on (one’s) dignity
    • Keep composure even when faced with challenges
  • Beneath (one’s) dignity
    • Used to describe an action that seems inappropriate for someone to do

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