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unworthy

[uhn-wur-th ee] /ʌnˈwɜr ði/
adjective, unworthier, unworthiest.
1.
not worthy; lacking worth or excellence.
2.
beneath the dignity (usually followed by of):
behavior unworthy of a king.
3.
of a kind not worthy (often followed by of).
4.
not of adequate merit or character.
5.
not commendable or creditable.
6.
not deserving.
noun, plural unworthies.
7.
an unworthy person.
Origin of unworthy
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see un-1, worthy
Related forms
unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
self-unworthiness, noun
Synonyms
3, 4. unseemly, unfit, unsuitable, ignoble.
Antonyms
1. deserving, admirable, commendable.
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  • Pray you, do not think me unworthy of your ear: it was your beauty That turn'd me statue.

  • That would have been an abuse of our treaties, and unworthy of your character.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Was she so well satisfied with that fourth-story apartment, that wretched cell so unworthy of their name?

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • If I could—I, so untutored, so unworthy—if I could comfort you in a single care!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Was it any fault but yours—you that kept me far from your huts lest I should see and carry word to the gods how unworthy you were!

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for unworthy

unworthy

/ʌnˈwɜːðɪ/
adjective
1.
(often foll by of) not deserving or worthy
2.
(often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to): that remark is unworthy of you
3.
lacking merit or value
4.
(of treatment) not warranted or deserved
Derived Forms
unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unworthy
adj.

mid-13c., unwurði, from un- (1) "not" + worthy. Cf. Middle Dutch onwerdich, Dutch onwaardig, Middle Low German unwerdich, Old High German unwirdig, Old Norse uverðugr.

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