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[uhn-bi-kuhm-ing] /ˌʌn bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly:
an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
Origin of unbecoming
1590-1600; un-1 + becoming
Related forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
unapt, unsuitable, unfit. See improper. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unbecoming
  • His infractions included conduct unbecoming an officer, using intemperate language and being drunk on duty.
  • Although one sympathized with government workers but the behavior that is accompanying the strike is unbecoming.
  • Your rush to judgement is unbecoming to you and is sadly reminiscent of others who posts here and should remain nameless.
  • Their form may be unbecoming, but their substance less so.
  • Calling any sovereign country a bully is unbecoming of an esteemed publication.
  • We are either glad or sorry at a gift, and both emotions are unbecoming.
  • He is never betrayed into any curiosity or unbecoming emotion.
  • Hardheartedness is surely unbecoming, and kindheartedness may sometimes be too much to ask.
  • We all age, many of us go bald, there is nothing ugly and unbecoming about being bald.
  • The illustrations are demagoguery and are unbecoming to a serious publication.
British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming


unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractive: an unbecoming hat
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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