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unbecoming

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adjective un·be·com·ing \ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ\

Simple Definition of unbecoming

  • : not attractive : not becoming

  • : not appropriate or acceptable for a person in a particular job or position

Full Definition of unbecoming

  1. :  not becoming <an unbecoming dress>; especially :  not according with the standards appropriate to one's position or condition of life <unbecoming conduct>

un·be·com·ing·ly play \-miŋ-lē\ adverb
un·be·com·ing·ness noun

Examples of unbecoming

  1. That color is very unbecoming on her.

  2. <boorish behavior that is unbecoming to an officer>



1598

First Known Use of unbecoming

1598

Synonym Discussion of unbecoming

indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste. indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners <indecorous behavior>. improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method <improper use of campaign contributions>. unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste <remarried with unseemly haste>. unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status <conduct unbecoming to an officer>. indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling <indelicate expressions for bodily functions>.

Rhymes with unbecoming



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