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befitting

[bih-fit-ing] /bɪˈfɪt ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suitable; proper; becoming:
planned with a befitting sense of majesty.
Origin of befitting
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; befit + -ing2
Related forms
befittingly, adverb
befittingness, noun
unbefitting, adjective
well-befitting, adjective
Synonyms
appropriate, fitting, apt, seemly.
Antonyms
unsuitable, inappropriate, unbecoming.

befit

[bih-fit] /bɪˈfɪt/
verb (used with object), befitted, befitting.
1.
to be proper or appropriate for; suit; fit:
His clothes befit the occasion.
Origin
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at be-, fit1
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  • So likewise it was befitting women to be chaste and refined, and to endure.

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  • befitting best that sex, whose sphere of action is in the heart.

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  • The measure must be of sonorous dignity, befitting the subject.

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  • The pose is simple and majestic, as befitting the portrait of an Emperor.

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  • It is not befitting my maiden dignity, and I know my mother would not approve.

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British Dictionary definitions for befitting

befit

/bɪˈfɪt/
verb -fits, -fitting, -fitted
1.
(transitive) to be appropriate to or suitable for
Derived Forms
befitting, adjective
befittingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from be- + fit1
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Word Origin and History for befitting
adj.

1560s, present participle adjective from befit (q.v.). Related: Befittingly.

befit

v.

mid-15c., from be- + fit (v.). Related: Befitted; befitting.

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