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dignitarian
 n.— «What’s rankism, or rankist behavior? It is hiring an intern and ignoring her all summer. Or pointlessly yelling at the receptionist about a manager who is late. Or a professor’s taking credit for a graduate student’s research.…Robert Fuller, the man who devised the word, is on a mission to end the behavior. His big idea is that people have a right to be treated with dignity no matter where they are in the pecking order. He’s part of what’s become known as the “dignitarian movement.”» —“A battle cry for the rank and file” by Penelope Trunk Boston Globe (Massachusetts) Aug. 6, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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