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From Proto-Italic *deknos, from Proto-Indo-European *dḱ-nós, from *deḱ- (to take). Cognate to Latin decus and decet, discō, doceō, Ancient Greek δέχομαι (dékhomai).



dignus (feminine digna, neuter dignum, comparative dignior, superlative dignissimus); first/second-declension adjective

  1. appropriate, fitting, worthy, meet, deserving, fit, proper, suitable, becoming
    Synonyms: aptus, habilis, opportūnus, iūstus, lēgitimus, idōneus
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 4.270:
      dignus Rōma locus, quō deus omnis eat.
      Rome: a worthy place whereto every god can go.
    • Vere dignum et justum est... - "It is truly right and just..." (from the Preface of the Roman Liturgy)
  2. (with ablative) worthy of
    Antonym: indignus
    memoria dignusmemorable
    dignum estIt is convenient


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative dignus digna dignum dignī dignae digna
Genitive dignī dignae dignī dignōrum dignārum dignōrum
Dative dignō dignō dignīs
Accusative dignum dignam dignum dignōs dignās digna
Ablative dignō dignā dignō dignīs
Vocative digne digna dignum dignī dignae digna

Derived terms[edit]



  • dignus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • dignus in Enrico Olivetti, editor (2003-2024), Dizionario Latino, Olivetti Media Communication
  • dignus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dignus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • dignus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.