detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly: an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
- un·be·com·ing·ly, adverb
- un·be·com·ing·ness, noun
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How to use unbecoming in a sentence
A faculty committee deemed his use of the Fifth Amendment “conduct unbecoming an institute professor” and said it showed a lack of candor on his part.
Fits of rage may be more common during the holidays, but they are no less unbecoming.
Pounding is charged with one count each of assault, adultery, and conduct unbecoming an officer.Commando Colonel Accused of Exposing his Lover to HIV | Jacob Siegel | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To them, Her Imperial Majesty and Queen Empress was behaving in a manner unbecoming.
Chasing after mere favorability and openness is an unbecoming act of desperation.
Eventually though, Wiles was suspended for "conduct unbecoming to a Promoter of the Miss Gay America pageant system."
Swearing, as I have said, was not considered low or vulgar or unbecoming a gentleman.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
To come in, flushed from a hurried toilette, to meet your first callers, is unbecoming as well as rude.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Choosing to die nobly rather than to fall into the hands of the wicked, and to suffer abuses unbecoming his noble birth.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
It is full of crazy ideas that are most unbecoming in a young girl, and I dont consider such things proper for you to read.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
Yes, I knowconduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemana plain case, too, it seems to me.A Horse's Tale | Mark Twain
British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming
unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractive: an unbecoming hat
(when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object) not proper or seemly (for): manners unbecoming a lady
- unbecomingly, adverb
- unbecomingness, noun
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