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[uhn-nahyt-lee] /ʌnˈnaɪt li/
unworthy of a knight.
not like a knight.
in a manner unworthy of a knight.
Origin of unknightly
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (adj.); see un-1, knightly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But there is nothing more hateful to me than his unknightly sloth!

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert
  • There seemed something about it unknightly, unkind and cowardly, almost base.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • I would not have the man I am to wed guilty of an unknightly act.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • When I looked up I am afraid that there was most unknightly water in my eyes.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Or is it, rather, because you have committed an unknightly action?

    Sintram and His Companions Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • But he shook off the chill sense of fear as unworthy and unknightly.

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
  • He was of knightly blood, but has died in a most unknightly business.

    Wulf the Saxon G. A. Henty
  • Yet was his spirit troubled, for he knew that if he died thus, his good sword might fall into unworthy and unknightly hands.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • This Garlon has an unknightly way of killing men by viewless blows from the rear.

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
  • And the last day we met she gave me such a rebuke that I will never recover from it:—yet well I deserved it by my unknightly acts.

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