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worthy

[wur-th ee] /ˈwɜr ði/
adjective, worthier, worthiest.
1.
having adequate or great merit, character, or value:
a worthy successor.
2.
of commendable excellence or merit; deserving:
a book worthy of praise; a person worthy to lead.
noun, plural worthies.
3.
a person of eminent worth, merit, or position:
The town worthies included two doctors.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see worth1, -y1
Related forms
worthily, adverb
worthiness, noun
preworthily, adverb
preworthiness, noun
preworthy, adjective
Synonyms
2. meritorious, worthwhile, estimable, excellent, exemplary, righteous, upright, honorable.
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  • The worthiness of the liberated was as precious to him as liberation.
  • It says those at the top must prove their worthiness to rule.
British Dictionary definitions for worthiness

worthy

/ˈwɜːðɪ/
adjective -thier, -thiest
1.
(postpositive; often foll by of or an infinitive) having sufficient merit or value (for something or someone specified); deserving
2.
having worth, value, or merit
noun (pl) -thies
3.
(often facetious) a person of distinguished character, merit, or importance
Derived Forms
worthily, adverb
worthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for worthiness

worthy

adj.

mid-13c., "having merit," from worth (n.) + -y (2). Old English had weorþful in this sense. Attested from c.1300 as a noun meaning "person of merit" (especially in Nine Worthies, famous men of history and legend: Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus, Hector, Alexander, Julius Cæsar, Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon -- three Jews, three gentiles, three Christians).

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