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unbecoming

[uhn-bi-kuhm-ing] /ˌʌn bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly:
an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
Origin of unbecoming
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-1 + becoming
Related forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
Synonyms
unapt, unsuitable, unfit. See improper.
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  • She had a very bad cold, unbecoming, complicated with fits of sneezing, a cold in the "three handkerchiefs an hour" stage.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • I am indeed concerned to find her ladyship behave in so unbecoming a manner.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • Because he who will dance on a rope will be alone, and I will gather a stronger mob of people who will say that it is unbecoming.

    Pascal's Penses Blaise Pascal
  • I cannot bear cynicism, Joe; there is no quality so unbecoming to a gentleman.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • A taste for sculpture and painting is, in my mind, as becoming as a taste for fiddling and piping is unbecoming, a man of fashion.

  • Nothing in his language or behaviour is unbecoming the guardian of the beautiful Charmides.

    Charmides Plato
  • I have mentioned already that he considered that as unbecoming in a man of education; but there were other reasons also.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I trust that an unbecoming jealousy of my privileged position had nothing to do with it.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming

unbecoming

/ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractive: an unbecoming hat
2.
when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object. not proper or seemly (for): manners unbecoming a lady
Derived Forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbecoming
adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + becoming "fitting."

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