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worthless

[wurth-lis] /ˈwɜrθ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without worth; of no use, importance, or value; good-for-nothing:
a worthless person; a worthless contract.
Origin of worthless
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; worth1 + -less
Related forms
worthlessly, adverb
worthlessness, noun
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  • Perhaps you were taken in by that worthless man, for a real marriage it could not be.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Even Shakspere could not keep the love of a worthless woman.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Compared to this, all the other proofs of freedom are worthless or weak.

  • All the other proofs of God are weak or worthless beside this one.

  • Without that rootless, worthless, devilish fancy, I might have been no worse than other people!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for worthless

worthless

/ˈwɜːθlɪs/
adjective
1.
without practical value or usefulness
2.
without merit; good-for-nothing
Derived Forms
worthlessly, adverb
worthlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for worthless
adj.

1580s, from worth (1) + -less. Related: Worthlessly; worthlessness.

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