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

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unbecomingly \ ˌən-​bi-​ˈkə-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce unbecomingly (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 Democrats and some Republicans criticized Trump's remarks, calling them unnecessarily cruel and unbecoming of a commander in chief. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Is Trump squandering reelection with his tweets?," 10 June 2020 The bike is smoking some, but Ongais is honing his approach, not yet doing anything unbecoming to a master wheelsman. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Critics expressed outrage over Trump's tweet, calling it unbecoming for a president. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump disputes video evidence of Buffalo protester pushed to the ground by police, suggests it was a "set up"," 9 June 2020 Grin, laugh unbecoming Living at the bottom of the water may have been obvious all the time. David Wallace, The New Yorker, "Alice Notley and the Art of Not Giving a Damn," 1 Apr. 2020 Barbara’s antics lead her to be stung by a nasty horde of bees and then, horror of horrors, to endure the unsightly welts that blossom on her face, rendering her physically unbecoming, at least temporarily. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020 Some admitted that his behavior regarding withholding approved military aid to Ukraine was wrong, unbecoming, dangerous or whatever, but not sufficient to vote to remove him from office. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Weekly Trump Report Card: Democrats crushed on impeachment, solid 'A'," 1 Feb. 2020 This is an example of another very professional public servant tasked with a very unprofessional and unbecoming job. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Meet John Durham, The Man Tasked With 'Investigating the Investigators'," 4 Oct. 2019 The internal affairs report shows the Chief’s Review Board recommended Meier be found responsible for several policy violations, including unbecoming conduct, conformance to law, neglect of duty and alcohol impairment. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "On-duty Aurora police officer who passed out drunk while driving kept job, was never charged with DUI," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unbecoming

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unbecoming was in 1598

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23 Jun 2020

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“Unbecoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbecoming. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbecoming

: not attractive : not becoming
formal : not appropriate or acceptable for a person in a particular job or position


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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