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

Examples of unmerited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My personal trials have also taught me the value of unmerited suffering. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 26 Apr. 2021 The good nap alights upon you like the grace of God: weightless, unmerited, spirit-altering. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Dec. 2020 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, 7 Mar. 2020 The billboard ban legislation would slap yet another unfair — and unmerited — burden upon this new industry. BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of unmerited

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 20 Jun. 2021.

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