- an unworthy person.
Origin of unworthy
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3, 4. unseemly, unfit, unsuitable, ignoble.
1. deserving, admirable, commendable.
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Examples from the Web for unworthiness
Feelings of shame and unworthiness are universal precursors to one of two things: an act of destruction and an act of heroism.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List
March 15, 2014
That it stems from an engrained sense of unworthiness and shame is something that Dunne is winningly eager to acknowledge.After Dominick
J. J. Berzelius
November 7, 2008
She was as much to blame as he; and for her unworthiness was he to be left to suffer?Salted With Fire
The weight which pressed him down was the sense of his unworthiness.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Pete mistook Philip's hesitation for a silent commentary on his own unworthiness.The Manxman
I am punished for the unworthiness of my offering and the unworthiness of the cause in which I offered it.The Strolling Saint
I admit it; but it is with unworthiness that we must combat unworthiness.Mistress Wilding
- (often foll by of) not deserving or worthy
- (often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to)that remark is unworthy of you
- lacking merit or value
- (of treatment) not warranted or deserved
Word Origin and History for unworthiness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper