unworthy

unworthy
un|wor|thy [ʌnˈwə:ði US -ə:r-] adj formal
1.) not deserving respect, attention etc
unworthy of
an idea that's unworthy of serious consideration
2.) unworthy behaviour, attitudes etc are not acceptable from someone who is respected or who has an important job
unworthy of
a suggestion that's unworthy of someone who hopes to become President
>unworthiness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • unworthy — un·wor·thy adj: not meritorious; specif 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 un·wor·thi·ness n Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • unworthy — [unwʉr′thē] adj. unworthier, unworthiest [ME] 1. lacking merit or value; worthless 2. not deserving: often with of 3. not fit or becoming: usually with of [a remark unworthy of a gentleman] 4. not deserved or warranted unworthily …   English World dictionary

  • Unworthy — Un*wor thy, a. Not worthy; wanting merit, value, or fitness; undeserving; worthless; unbecoming; often with of. {Un*wor thi*ly}, adv. {Un*wor thi*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unworthy — mid 13c., unwurði, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + WORTHY (Cf. worthy). Cf. M.Du. onwerdich, Du. onwaardig, M.L.G. unwerdich, O.H.G. unwirdig, O.N. uverðugr …   Etymology dictionary

  • unworthy — [adj] not of value base, beneath, blamable, contemptible, degrading, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, good for nothing, ignoble, improper, inappropriate, ineligible, inexcusable, no account*, no good*, not deserving, not fit, not good… …   New thesaurus

  • unworthy — ► ADJECTIVE (unworthier, unworthiest) ▪ not worthy. DERIVATIVES unworthily adverb unworthiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • unworthy — [[t]ʌnwɜ͟ː(r)ði[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n/ ing, ADJ to inf If a person or thing is unworthy of something good, they do not deserve it. [LITERARY] You may feel unworthy of the attention and help people offer you... He felt unworthy of being …   English dictionary

  • unworthy — adj. unworthy of ( unworthy of your help; such behavior is unworthy of you) * * * [ʌn wɜːðɪ] unworthyof (unworthyof your help;such behavior is unworthy of you) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • unworthy — un|wor|thy [ ʌn wɜrði ] adjective dishonest or morally wrong: unworthy motives be unworthy of 1. ) to not deserve something: These people are wholly unworthy of our respect. 2. ) to be less good than the standard you would normally expect: These… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unworthy — adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. lacking in excellence or value ; poor, worthless b. base, dishonorable 2. not meritorious ; undeserving < unworthy of attention > 3. not deserved ; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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