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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
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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Examples for unworthy
  • Determining who is unworthy has been the exclusive province of the prophet.
  • And every idea outside that narrow domain is unworthy of mention.
  • One of those long-held ideas was that sports was unworthy of serious scholarly investigation.
  • But working as a lame duck among colleagues who have deemed you unworthy can't help but be excruciating.
  • They still felt themselves unworthy, even if their footwear was ideal for the wintry conditions.
  • Both manipulate truth to serve their unworthy purposes.
  • Such an omission is unworthy of your journal and of his own distinguished reputation.
  • They are simply unthinkable, unworthy of consideration.
  • He does not deign even to sweep aside so unworthy a suggestion.
  • Trying to frame this in terms of choice is not pathetic but it is weak and unworthy.
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
unworthy
c.1240, unwurði, from un- (1) "not" + worthy. Cf. M.Du. onwerdich, Du. onwaardig, M.L.G. unwerdich, O.H.G. unwirdig, O.N. uverðugr.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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