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Deserving a name or description, as in
Any artist worthy of the name can draw better than that
. This expression uses
in the sense of “deserving by reason of merit,” a usage dating from about 1300.
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worthy of the name
(...) and no poem will be so great, so noble, so truly worthy of the name of poem, than one written...
... my aim is now, as it has been for the past ten years, to make myself a true woman, one worthy of...
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