un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \

Definition of unworthy

1a : lacking in excellence or value : poor, worthless
2 : not meritorious : undeserving unworthy of attention
3 : not deserved : unmerited unworthy treatment
4 : inappropriate to one's condition or station actions unworthy of a gentleman

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unworthily \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce unworthily (audio) \ adverb
unworthiness \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce unworthiness (audio) \ noun

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When Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, brought a message from Mr Trump on a visit to Tehran this summer, Mr Khamenei deemed it unworthy of a reply. The Economist, "Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani talk about talking to each other," 26 Aug. 2019 Sharpton is unworthy of such praise, so much so that the decision to back him reflexively is a massive moral demerit. Seth Mandel, Twin Cities, "Seth Mandel: Al Sharpton is not a lifelong fighter for justice," 2 Aug. 2019 This is not to dismiss the enormous scientific value of the missions, the worthy (along with the unworthy) enhancements of technology or the mission’s profound enhancement of human imagination. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Mt. Wilson, cosmic sound art reaches far beyond a mere moon landing," 21 July 2019 On the comic book side of things, Jane Foster became Thor after the original Thor was deemed unworthy to wield his hammer, Mjolnir. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Natalie Portman will take up Thor’s hammer in Thor: Love and Thunder," 21 July 2019 Spiritual trauma involves someone being told they’re unworthy by their religious organization, which represents God. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Church in a gay bar: Queer Chicagoans find ways to merge religion and identity," 14 Aug. 2019 In Original Sin, issue 7, Nick Fury whispers something to Thor which makes him Thor unworthy to wield his hammer. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Thor 4: Natalie Portman will play Thor! Wow! Wait. What?," 23 July 2019 The second lesson — grimly evident in three hours of relentlessly over-the-top choreography to a deadly patchwork of music by Liszt — is that the company’s flame burns bright even in unworthy repertory. Lewis Segal, latimes.com, "Review: Royal Ballet comes to L.A. for the first time in years with ‘Mayerling’," 7 July 2019 Who managed to bring forth, upon that unworthy scaffold, a tale about the state of the nation, about the place of the black peoples within that nation, and his own place within both. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Stormzy at Glastonbury: King Michael Wears His Crown," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of unworthy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of unworthy

: not good enough to deserve something or someone : not worthy
: not appropriate or acceptable for a good or respected person


un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \
unworthier; unworthiest

Kids Definition of unworthy

1 : not deserving someone or something He's unworthy of such praise.
2 : not appropriate for a particular kind of person or thing That behavior is unworthy of you.

Other Words from unworthy

unworthiness \ -​t͟hē-​nəs \ noun



Legal Definition of unworthy

: not meritorious specifically, in the civil law of Louisiana : being or relating to an heir who is deprived of the right to inherit from a person because of a failure in a duty towards the person

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unworthiness noun

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