un·​de·​served | \ ˌən-di-ˈzərvd How to pronounce undeserved (audio) \

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 How to pronounce undeservedly (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​lē \ adverb
a plan that has been undeservedly criticized
undeservedness \ ˌən-​di-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce undeservedness (audio) , -​ˈzərvd-​nəs \ noun

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Last year's Trooping, which took place just weeks after the royal wedding, marked Meghan's debut on said balcony, but her ensemble that day drew an undeserved criticism. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Chose a Gorgeous Navy Dress For Today's Trooping the Colour Parade," 8 June 2019 The idea was to cut down on undeserved payments that cost CMS nearly $30 billion over the past three years. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Medicare knows about $30 billion in overbilling but refunds prove elusive," 20 July 2019 The sensual urges of the incarcerated are often demonized, dismissed as criminal or undeserved, but Photo Requests from Solitary regards them without judgment. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement," 8 July 2019 First, let’s deal with the Wall Street repercussions of this bad decision, starting with the inevitable, unsurprising but also undeserved jump in the stock price of Palatin Technologies (PTN). STAT, "The FDA erred in approving new women’s libido drug; don’t reward Palatin Technologies," 24 June 2019 But some anti-government activists see his longshot candidacy, which so far doesn’t have the backing of any party, as dividing the opposition and lending undeserved legitimacy to Maduro’s re-election attempt. Washington Post, "Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition," 22 Feb. 2018 Bridge may have acquired an undeserved label as a game for older people, but there are many excellent college and junior players. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 13, 2019," 13 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of undeserved

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: not earned or deserved : unfair or unjustified

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