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unworthy

[uhn-wur-th ee] /ʌnˈwɜr ði/
adjective, unworthier, unworthiest.
1.
not worthy; lacking worth or excellence.
2.
beneath the dignity (usually followed by of):
behavior unworthy of a king.
3.
of a kind not worthy (often followed by of).
4.
not of adequate merit or character.
5.
not commendable or creditable.
6.
not deserving.
noun, plural unworthies.
7.
an unworthy person.
Origin of unworthy
1200-1250
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at un-1, worthy
Related forms
unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
self-unworthiness, noun
Synonyms
3, 4. unseemly, unfit, unsuitable, ignoble.
Antonyms
1. deserving, admirable, commendable.
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  • She was as much to blame as he; and for her unworthiness was he to be left to suffer?

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • 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 Hall Caine
  • I am punished for the unworthiness of my offering and the unworthiness of the cause in which I offered it.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • I admit it; but it is with unworthiness that we must combat unworthiness.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He realized, perhaps, not quite all this—and to the unworthiness of it all he gave no thought.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • That never boggled at unworthiness if there was the slightest reason for compassion.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • The bravery of her smile served to increase my sense of unworthiness.

British Dictionary definitions for unworthiness

unworthy

/ʌnˈwɜːðɪ/
adjective
1.
(often foll by of) not deserving or worthy
2.
(often foll by of) beneath the level considered befitting (to): that remark is unworthy of you
3.
lacking merit or value
4.
(of treatment) not warranted or deserved
Derived Forms
unworthily, adverb
unworthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unworthiness

unworthy

adj.

mid-13c., unwurði, from un- (1) "not" + worthy. Cf. Middle Dutch onwerdich, Dutch onwaardig, Middle Low German unwerdich, Old High German unwirdig, Old Norse uverðugr.

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