Definition of unworthy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwərT͟Hē/

adjective (unworthier, unworthiest)

1Not deserving effort, attention, or respect: he was unworthy of trust and unfit to hold office
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  • Feeding the Fire is in fact almost unworthy of attention, because it is too unexercised to become dangerous; it will draw no real notice from critics, and reach at best a slender few hundred readers.
  • Even ardent royalists may soon begin to feel that their idols are unworthy of either respect or affection.
  • These may be small issues unworthy of attention, but such details can only help activists in their efforts to improving the quality of life for women and reducing gender discrimination.
undeserving, ineligible, unqualified, unfit
1.1(Of a person’s action or behavior) not acceptable, especially from someone with a good reputation or social position: the expression of anger was frowned upon as being unworthy
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  • Of course any girl would be flattered that the object of her crush seems interested, but to take advantage of that makes the teacher unworthy of such a position of trust.
  • ‘The report was a very mean act, unworthy of a reputable media organization like the BBC,’ he told a press conference.
  • For my money, this thoughtfulness makes the moments of gratuitous blasphemy (which do happen, but are surely allowed too) disappointingly glib and unworthy of the rest of the script.
1.2Having little value or merit: many pieces are unworthy and ungrammatical
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  • At its worst, it was fear of authority for its own sake, allowing no questioning of its justice or merit; and the shame was to be found unworthy in the judgment of that authority.
  • Critics seem so often to focus on what books are unworthy or unaccomplished that I feel bad about raining on the parade of something so well liked.



Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwərT͟Həlē/
Example sentences
  • St. Paul explicitly teaches this in his letter to the Church at Corinth when he wrote, ‘This means that whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily sins against the body and blood of the Lord.’
  • You realise, unworthily, that you're in the presence of an entirely un-English sophistication.
  • When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.


Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwərT͟Hēnəs/
Example sentences
  • From these letters we learn of his constant anxiety about conducting, his sense of unworthiness and deficiency, almost crippling, until the moment he stepped before the orchestra, transcending time and place.
  • It is an indication of the unworthiness of the Federal ALP to govern that it would break ranks with its state counterparts, stoop to dealing with anti-gay hate groups, and exchange vows with the Coalition on the alter of bigotry.
  • Not only would they save Scotland's capital city from irreversible destruction, but they might also spare Edinburgh the embarrassment of being exposed before Unesco as an example of sheer hypocrisy and unworthiness.

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Syllabification: un·wor·thy

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