Here was worthiness by association, a father judged by the virtues of the son.
Discrimination is all about pride and the setting up of a hierarchy of “worthiness.”
My own blood started to boil when they started questioning my worthiness as a person.
The supreme council commands me not to go one step from thee, worthiness.
To some, obscurity itself is attractive, from the hope that worthiness is the cause of it.
My dear Janet, it is not a question of worthiness; it is not a thing a woman could work out.
According to what you can receive of any beauty, is the measure of your worthiness.
All through her life, she thought, she would strive to repay by worthiness the great debt of inspiration she owed to the school.
I'm not at all sure it isn't his worthiness, just as much as his mother.
Stand aside while we enter and examine you as regards your worthiness to remain within these sacred precincts.
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).