What does unworthy mean?

Definitions for unworthy
ʌnˈwɜr ðiun·wor·thy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unworthyadjective

    lacking in value or merit

    "dispel a student whose conduct is deemed unworthy"; "unworthy of forgiveness"

  2. undeserving, unworthyadjective

    not deserving

    "the undeserving poor"

  3. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretchedadjective

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"


  1. unworthyadjective

    Not worthy; lacking value or merit; worthless.

  2. Etymology: From unworthy, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unworthyadjective

    The Athanasian creed and doxology should remain in use, the one as a most divine explication of the chiefest articles of our christian belief; the other as an heavenly acclamation of joyful applause to his praises, in whom we believe: neither the one nor the other unworthy to be heard sounding, as they are in the church of Christ. Richard Hooker.

    Every particular accident, not unworthy the remembrance, for brevity I wittingly pass over. Richard Knolles.

    Degree being vizarded,
    Th’ unworthiest shews as fairly in the mask. William Shakespeare.

    Are there unworthy men chosen to offices? John Whitgift.

    So may I, blind fortune leading me,
    Miss that which one unworthier may attain;
    And die with grieving. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    Tell me, Philoclea, did you ever see such a shepherd? did you ever hear of such a prince? and then tell me if a small or unworthy assault have conquered me? Philip Sidney.

    I laid at her feet a work, which was unworthy her, but which I hope she will forgive. Dryden.

    Our friend’s papers are in my hands, and I will take care to suppress things unworthy of him. Alexander Pope, to Swift.

    Care is taken to intersperse additions in such a manner, that scarce any book can be bought, without purchasing something unworthy of the author. Jonathan Swift.

    The brutal action rous’d his manly mind:
    Mov’d with unworthy usage of the maid,
    He, though unarm’d, resolv’d to give her aid. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unworthyadjective

    not worthy; wanting merit, value, or fitness; undeserving; worthless; unbecoming; -- often with of

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unworthy

    un-wur′thi, adj. not worthy: worthless: unbecoming.—n. Unworth (-worth′), unworthiness.—adv. Unwor′thily, in an unworthy manner: without due regard to worth or merit.—n. Unwor′thiness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unworthy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unworthy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of unworthy in a Sentence

  1. Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno:

    The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

  2. No Pennsylvanian:

    Racism and hate speech are always unacceptable, and unworthy of Pennsylvanians. No Pennsylvanian should ever be made to feel unwelcome in our commonwealth because of their race or ethnicity. Gisele Fetterman spends much of Gisele Fetterman time devoted to making our state and world a better place and she -- and every No Pennsylvanian -- deserves our respect, not the hatred too often displayed by people who seek only to further divide this country at a time when unity is so desperately needed.

  3. Mark Twain:

    Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it....

  4. Feltham:

    I never yet found pride in a noble nature nor humility in an unworthy mind.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    I believe that whoever tries to think things through honestly will soon recognize how unworthy and even fatal is the traditional bias against Negroes. What can the man of good will do to combat this deeply rooted prejudice? He must have the courage to set an example by words and deed, and must watch lest his children become influenced by racial bias.

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    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
    • A. elan
    • B. serendipity
    • C. sweep
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