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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unworthinessnoun

    the quality or state of lacking merit or value

  2. inappropriateness, unworthinessnoun

    the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting

    "he retracted nothing that he had said about the inappropriateness of either a corporeal God or a God who is a person"; "his praise released from her loud protestations of her unworthiness"


  1. unworthinessnoun

    The characteristic of being unworthy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unworthinessnoun

    Want of worth; want of merit.

    A mind fearing the unworthiness of every word that should be presented to her ears, at length brought it forth in this manner. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    O let not an excellent spirit do itself such wrong, as to think where it is placed, embraced, and loved, there can be any unworthiness; since the weakest mist is not easilier driven away by the sun, than that is chased away with so high thoughts. Philip Sidney.

    Every night he comes with songs compos’d
    To her unworthiness: it nothing steads us
    To chide him from our eaves, for he persists. William Shakespeare.

    I fear’d to find you in another place;
    But, since you’re here, my jealousy grows less:
    You will be kind to my unworthiness. Dryden.

    Have a true and humble sense of your own unworthiness, which will not suffer you to rise to a confidence unwarrantably pretended to by some. William Wake, on Death.


  1. unworthiness

    Unworthiness is the state or condition of lacking value, worth or merit; not deserving respect, admiration or support. It's a sense of inadequacy or not being deserving of something due to perceived inferiority, low self-esteem or lack of fit with an expected standard.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unworthiness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unworthiness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of unworthiness in a Sentence

  1. Robertson Davies:

    The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so... That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity.

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