justly or rightly earned; merited: a deserved increase in salary.

Origin of deserved

First recorded in 1545–55; deserve + -ed2
Related formsde·serv·ed·ness [dih-zur-vid-nis] /dɪˈzɜr vɪd nɪs/, nounhalf-de·served, adjectivehalf-de·serv·ed·ness, nounun·de·served, adjectivewell-de·served, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of undeserved

  • Then his voice was eloquent of undeserved rebuke—of infinite sympathy.

    Warrior Gap

    Charles King

  • Mozart, more than any other composer, met with undeserved hardships.

  • God's gift is to be received as purely His gift, undeserved, unearned by us.

  • I think that it was undeserved, and, after all that I have suffered in this matter, cruel on your part.

    Cousin Henry

    Anthony Trollope

  • And yet the double sense in such words is an undeserved misfortune for them.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for undeserved



not earned or merited; unwarrantedan undeserved reputation
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Word Origin and History for undeserved

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of deserve.

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