un·​be·​com·​ing | \ ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ How to pronounce unbecoming (audio) \

Definition of unbecoming

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

Other Words from unbecoming

unbecomingly \ ˌən-​bi-​ˈkə-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce unbecoming (audio) \ adverb
unbecomingness noun

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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

Examples of unbecoming in a Sentence

That color is very unbecoming on her. boorish behavior that is unbecoming to an officer
Recent Examples on the Web That’s just cowardice, which is unbecoming of the L.A. County sheriff. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Peralta's final line was unbecoming: three innings pitched, six hits, five runs (all earned) and a walk with two strikeouts. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2022 This pattern of intentional deceit is totally unbecoming for a public servant. The Editors, National Review, 18 Jan. 2022 Fisher has snapped a handful of unbecoming streaks in his four seasons at A&M. Winning at LSU is not one of them. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 However, anyone found to have participated in such an incident faces criminal charges based on a provision in the Military Code of Justice on conduct unbecoming to an officer, Navy officials said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 Three officers were singled out for unbecoming conduct, one officer for failure to comply with directives, one officer for improper remarks and one officer for improper dissemination of information, the Capitol Police said in a statement. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The Boca Raton Police Department suspended Leinonen and Fong for two weeks without pay for conduct unbecoming of an officer and fixing traffic tickets. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Even people who believed Gebru had behaved in ways unbecoming of a corporate researcher saw Google’s response as ham-handed. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unbecoming

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbecoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbecoming. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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un·​be·​com·​ing | \ ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ How to pronounce unbecoming (audio) \

Kids Definition of unbecoming

: not suitable or proper : not becoming unbecoming clothes unbecoming behavior

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