undeserving

adjective
un·​de·​serv·​ing | \ ˌən-di-ˈzər-viŋ How to pronounce undeserving (audio) \

Definition of undeserving

: not deserving: such as
a : lacking merit : not worthy of praise, assistance, attention, etc. selfish, undeserving people The natural history of women's friendships is by no means a thin or undeserving subject.— Barbara Kingsolver
b : not deserving something specified … circumstances of brutal outrage, of which poor Jean was in many respects wholly undeserving.— Sir Walter Scott I do not mean to say that medicine is blameless … or undeserving of criticism.— Margaret Talbot

Other Words from undeserving

undeservingly adverb

Examples of undeserving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But our immigration system is built on a premise that they are undocumented and undeserving of citizenship status. . . . Teresa Mathew, The New Yorker, 22 June 2022 But with so many submissions (more than 800 in the drama supporting actor and actress categories alone!), the line between undeserving and unsung was thinner than ever. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 Yet, these efforts are repeatedly countered by claims that those who need relief are ultimately undeserving. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Others insisted that many of their colleagues at the plant were undeserving or lazy. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 The main charge is not that Anne Hathaway is untalented or undeserving of celebrity. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 24 May 2022 Experts say one of the most harmful aspects of the public's scorn is the underlying assumption that character flaws make Heard undeserving of empathy. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 The President seems eager to divide the nation's enormous student debt load -- $1.6 trillion owed to the federal government by 45 million Americans -- into the deserving and undeserving debtors. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 Activists and human rights officials say Poland is treating the immigrants coming through Belarus as universally undeserving of protection in Europe, when that is not always the case. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of undeserving

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undeserving was in 1549

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“Undeserving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undeserving. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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