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

Examples of unworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within segments of the political blogosphere, global warming is dismissed as either a hoax or so uncertain as to be unworthy of response. Adrian Bardon, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview," 26 June 2020 McRobbie will have the naming committee review all buildings on the nine IU campuses and remove names of anyone whose statements and writings are judged unworthy of the recognition. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "IU to review all named buildings on its nine campuses," 18 June 2020 Ignoring history isn’t removing a monument to unworthy men. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: With overdue audacity, UT players push for change," 13 June 2020 Even someone who would be relieved to give up the pretense of a relationship that wasn’t working would feel bad at being dismissed as unworthy. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Temporary trash cart touches off tizzy," 9 June 2020 An intemperate racist, wont to compare himself to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln’s unworthy Democratic successor campaigned for the 1866 mid-terms by warning that America was heading for another civil war. The Economist, "Lexington Far worse than Nixon," 4 June 2020 The other 38 states are obviously considered unworthy by Kia. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Electric Vehicle Lease Deals," 22 May 2020 But come to think of it, existence which ignores the standards professed in literature is inferior and unworthy of effort. Ann Kjellberg, The New York Review of Books, "Beyond Meaning: Joseph Brodsky’s Poetry of Exile," 11 May 2020 Our republic, one hopes, need not be unworthy forever. Caitlin Fitz, The Atlantic, "Conquerors Armed With Spreadsheets," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unworthy

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

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“Unworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworthy. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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.

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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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