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 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 Our citizens expect our officers to be held accountable for any conduct unbecoming. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 4 June 2021 His social-media wars are well documented and quite unbecoming. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Apr. 2021 Five of those had to do with the misuse of body cameras, one with neglect of duty and one for unbecoming conduct, Moore said. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2021 Last April, Tony suspended Jeff Bell with pay, alleging that the leader of the deputies’ union had conducted himself in an unbecoming manner. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Mar. 2021 His statements are unbecoming, counterproductive, and, worst of all, mostly false. Joel Zinberg, National Review, 9 Mar. 2021 Davila was given termination papers on Sept. 18 for conduct unbecoming of an officer and use of alcohol. Taylor Pettaway, ExpressNews.com, 18 Jan. 2021 The two-spoke steering wheel that looks sort of like a '74 Chevy's has an unbecoming bit of plastic trim on its top side. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020 Using licensees as political pawns is unbecoming of a regulatory agency and ignoring the underlying evaluation in this letter is simply irresponsible. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 14 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Unbecoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbecoming. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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