undeserved

adjective
un·​de·​served | \ˌən-di-ˈzərvd \

Definition of undeserved 

: not earned or deserved : not justified or merited undeserved criticism/praise an undeserved reputation

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Other Words from undeserved

undeservedly \ ˌən-​di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē , -​ˈzərvd-​lē \ adverb
a plan that has been undeservedly criticized
undeservedness \ ˌən-​di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs , -​ˈzərvd-​nəs \ noun

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Yussuf Poulsen's smart finish gave Denmark an undeserved opening victory at the World Cup as Christian Cueva's penalty miss came back to haunt him in Peru's first World Cup match for 36 years. SI.com, "Peru 0-1 Denmark: Poulsen Rubs Salt in Incas' Wounds After Penalty Miss Proves Costly in Saransk," 16 June 2018 Sara Netanyahu, 59, has inspired a multitude of headlines in the past over what family spokesmen call an undeserved reputation for imperiousness. Anchorage Daily News, "Israeli prime minister’s wife charged with fraud," 21 June 2018 As the players celebrated in Uzbekistan, there was criticism at home that the party was undeserved given the unconvincing performances. John Duerden, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Coutdown: Son to lead South Korea redemption after 2014 shortcomings," 5 June 2018 Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green thinks his technical in Game 4 was undeserved but views Pelicans fans vigorously booing him as a good thing. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors 'Hamptons Five' lineup provides evidence: This group is deadly," 6 May 2018 Over the course of six seasons of Downton Abbey, audiences came to root for Anna Bates, the kind-hearted lady's maid in a near-constant state of undeserved suffering. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey Star Joanne Froggatt Returns to PBS in a Gruesome New Role," 29 Apr. 2017 The donation will go toward the renovation of the Norton Prevention & Wellness Mobile Prevention Center, which provides free screening services to undeserved patients age 40 and older in Jefferson and nearby counties. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Oaks 2018 is not just a horse race for these cancer survivors," 2 May 2018 Garloff says the shaming is undeserved since his tardiness is not his fault. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "School Punishes First Grader In Absurd Way For Being Late To School," 2 Mar. 2015 Arsenal almost took an undeserved lead when Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a punch that will not have improved his chances of being England's number one in the World Cup. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Aubameyang brace leads late Arsenal win over Stoke," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of undeserved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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