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[dih-zurvd] /dɪˈzɜrvd/
justly or rightly earned; merited:
a deserved increase in salary.
Origin of deserved
First recorded in 1545-55; deserve + -ed2
Related forms
[dih-zur-vid-nis] /dɪˈzɜr vɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
half-deserved, adjective
half-deservedness, noun
undeserved, adjective
well-deserved, adjective Unabridged
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  • Then his voice was eloquent of undeserved rebuke—of infinite sympathy.

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • Mozart, more than any other composer, met with undeserved hardships.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • God's gift is to be received as purely His gift, undeserved, unearned by us.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • I think that it was undeserved, and, after all that I have suffered in this matter, cruel on your part.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope
  • And yet the double sense in such words is an undeserved misfortune for them.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • This event made Fuchs the object of undeserved notoriety, since he was travelling with her.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for undeserved


not earned or merited; unwarranted: an undeserved reputation
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Word Origin and History for undeserved

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of deserve.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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