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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.


  1. unworthy

    Unworthy is defined as not deserving of respect, admiration, time or attention due to lack of quality, value, or merit. It generally signifies someone or something that is inadequate, inferior, or not up to expected standards or requirements.

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. Ilhan Omar:

    I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa, is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?

  2. Shannon Purser:

    I felt so isolated and so unworthy of love, i just had to go to my parents and say, ‘I think I really need help or I’m going to continue to fall apart,’.

  3. Doug Ducey:

    Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation's independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.

  4. Mondaire Jones:

    I have had enough of my colleagues'racist insinuations that somehow that people of Washington D.C. are incapable or even unworthy of our democracy, one Senate Republicansaid that D.C.wouldn't be a 'well rounded, working-class state.' I had no idea there wereso many syllables in the word white.

  5. Norbu Dondrup:

    The Dalai Lama attacking our human rights totally has ulterior motives. He tramples on human rights, and has no right, no qualifications, and is unworthy of talking about human rights, as for some countries slamming our human rights, they either don't understand or believe the Dalai clique's rumors and bewitchments.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    A conceal
    B doom
    C aggravate
    D blur

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