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unbecoming

[uhn-bi-kuhm-ing] /ˌʌn bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly:
an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
Origin of unbecoming
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-1 + becoming
Related forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
Synonyms
unapt, unsuitable, unfit. See improper.
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  • I am indeed concerned to find her ladyship behave in so unbecoming a manner.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • It 50 would be unbecoming in me to be more diffuse on this subject.

  • It was not unbecoming to her; on the contrary, she got rosy all over, her eyes were like candles.

  • I cannot bear cynicism, Joe; there is no quality so unbecoming to a gentleman.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • Nothing in his language or behaviour is unbecoming the guardian of the beautiful Charmides.

    Charmides Plato
  • We are either glad or sorry at a gift, and both emotions are unbecoming.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I wanted to regulate my feelings which, I told him, were in an unbecoming state of confusion.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • I trust that an unbecoming jealousy of my privileged position had nothing to do with it.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Then you must allow that you have committed an unbecoming action.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming

unbecoming

/ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractive: an unbecoming hat
2.
when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object. not proper or seemly (for): manners unbecoming a lady
Derived Forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbecoming
adj.

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + becoming "fitting."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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