unmerited

adjective
un·​mer·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈmer-ə-təd How to pronounce unmerited (audio) , -ˈme-rə- \

Definition of unmerited

: not adequately earned or deserved : not merited an unmerited award unmerited insults unmerited criticism/praise

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Recent Examples on the Web JoJo is reminiscent of the donkey-saint in Robert Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar, a symbol of innocence, of unmerited suffering. Casey Gerald, The New York Review of Books, "Heat, Haunting & Heartache: A Young Filmmaker’s Louisiana," 7 Mar. 2020 The billboard ban legislation would slap yet another unfair — and unmerited — burden upon this new industry. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts ban billboards advertising marijuana products?," 16 Jan. 2020 The hackneyed script has the effect of lending an unmerited nobility to the politicians and bureaucrats onscreen. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Heavy Burden of The Report," 12 Dec. 2019 Ignored for decades in New York and Tokyo, driven to madness, even plagiarized by less talented men, Ms. Kusama is enjoying a late and not unmerited surge in public visibility. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Kusama Arrives. Is It Worth Your Time to Wait in Line?," 8 Nov. 2019 Mindless, unmerited loyalty to an openly corrupt being always struck me as a little too far-fetched. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Is Anyone Still Supporting a Supervillain like Trump?," 15 Oct. 2019 Some have argued that the consequences Fairstein is suddenly facing are unmerited, while others have characterized them as justice finally catching up with Fairstein. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A changing America finally demands that the Central Park Five prosecutors face consequences," 8 July 2019 But he’s given a degree of humanity that’s not quite echoed in Hector (and feels a little unmerited). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Old Globe’s world-premiere work ‘What You Are’ is a deep dive into identity politics and more," 7 June 2019 The unmerited favor given to others in spite of, and sometimes because of, color, class and/or culture. The Rev. David Anderson, Columbia Flier, "A community marked by fairness and respect [Commentary]," 14 Sep. 2017

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1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmerited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmerited. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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