not worthy; lacking worth or excellence.
beneath the dignity (usually followed by of): behavior unworthy of a king.
of a kind not worthy (often followed by of).
not of adequate merit or character.
not commendable or creditable.
an unworthy person.
- un·wor·thi·ly, adverb
- un·wor·thi·ness, noun
- self-un·wor·thi·ness, noun
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How to use unworthy in a sentence
And with this he confessed to a distinct feeling of littleness, of having acted meanly or unworthily of himself or of her.Gallegher and Other Stories | Richard Harding Davis
What has America done to give occasion to that King and council to think so unworthily of her.
Some of them seconded his efforts, but far more regarded them with violent and often unworthily expressed dislike.
Forgive me, dear friend, if I write in the scantiest manner, unworthily responding to letters which have touched me profoundly.George Eliot's Life, Vol. III (of 3) | George Eliot
The whole of the damnatory clause in the exhortation, from the word "unworthily" to "sundry kinds of death," is expunged.Lands of the Slave and the Free | Henry A. Murray
British Dictionary definitions for unworthy
(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
- unworthily, adverb
- unworthiness, noun
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