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
If the Quora algorithm detects that your answers have no comments or upvotes, it may deem them unworthy of showing and collapse them.Quora and Reddit: Powerhouses for SEO and marketing in 2021 | Andrei Cucleschin | June 11, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
In turning away, in failing to intervene when we are needed, we fail to acknowledge our essential humanity, and subject victims to the insecurity of being incomplete, unworthy, and invisible.My violent assault, the bystanders who did nothing, and what it means to bear witness | Kim Le | April 2, 2021 | Vox
When I heard the line in Amanda Gorman’s dazzling inaugural poem where she describes the United States as “a nation that is not broken, but simply unfinished,” I thought of all those things that make us feel unworthy, unfinished, or broken.Amanda Gorman and the Art of Being Unfinished and Imperfect | Susanna Schrobsdorff | January 24, 2021 | Time
As for whether that extra spot will wind up going to an extra-unworthy team, it’s still far too soon to tell.NCAA tournament bracketology: The bubble might be worse than ever this year. No, really. | Patrick Stevens | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
He has proven himself unworthy of the office of being president.‘Disgusted’: Companies and business groups decry ‘lawless’ mob violence at Capitol | Todd Frankel | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
We don't trust government, because government itself has proven unworthy of our trust.
Then Ultron materializes, deeming the Avengers “unworthy,” before summoning a fleet of drone suits to attack the heroes.‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Unmasked: Robert Downey Jr. and Co. Speak at Comic-Con | Annaliza Savage | July 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And when Thor Odinson is deemed unworthy, his hammer (and the Thor title, it seems) will pass on to an unnamed woman.DC Comics’ Diversity Crisis: Why the Status Quo Rules | Liz Watson | July 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Albert screams and waves his hands in the air as our car plunges along the tracks, but the ride is unworthy of its hype.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career | Paul Slansky | April 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in each case, for different reasons, the crime is unworthy of the proposed punishment.
But here was a task in itself almost as unworthy of him as the methods by which he now set about accomplishing it.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Somehow it gave Lawrence a little pang to hear this, then he cast the thought out as unworthy.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
I thought it was I who had to forgive her, and to-day I feel unworthy of the forgiveness which she grants me.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
Any other doctrine than this, is downright delusion, unworthy of a free people, and only intended for slaves.
His symphony was severely criticised, rejected, and pronounced unworthy of performance.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
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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