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DIGNITIES. English law. Titles of honor.
     2. They are considered as incorporeal hereditaments.
     3. The genius of our government forbids their admission into the republic.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In 1908, the Afro-American reprinted a two-paragraph item from the white-oriented ladies' Home journal entitled "Rival Dignities." It wittily contrasts English dignity, associated with descent from an ancestor ennobled by a king, and American dignity, associated with descent from an ancestor killed by an Indian.
According to Waldron, a distinction is possible between dignities in general and certain particular rights that protect it explicitly and more or less directly (Cf.
Conflicts between various dignities inevitably mirror fundamental tensions in political theory.