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unbecoming

Line breaks: un|be¦com¦ing
Pronunciation: /ʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ
 
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Definition of unbecoming in English:

adjective

1(Especially of clothing or a colour) not flattering: a stout lady in an unbecoming striped sundress
More example sentences
  • Without giving approval, Prudie will tell you what a friend in a similar situation does: Every year she picks out a piece of clothing that is unbecoming and one size too small.
  • I snickered as I watched Travers become an unbecoming shade of red.
  • You tell me in the car that my red fingernail polish is unbecoming.
Synonyms
2(Of behaviour) not fitting or appropriate; unseemly: it was unbecoming for a university to do anything so crass as advertising its wares
More example sentences
  • They maintain that Irving's conduct was unbecoming of a reputable historian.
  • Opinion columnists, meanwhile, busied themselves penning snide articles about Trollope, admonishing her for behaviour unbecoming of a grandmother of two.
  • This behaviour is inexcusable and unbecoming of a registered medical practitioner.
Synonyms
inappropriate, unfitting, unbefitting, unsuitable, unsuited, ill-suited, inapt, out of keeping, untoward, incorrect, unacceptable;
unworthy of;
improper, lacking in propriety, indecorous, unseemly, unladylike, ungentlemanly, unmannerly, undignified, indelicate, indecent, tasteless

Derivatives

unbecomingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Days later, the Caricom summit's opening session heard Mr Manning's recriminations, unbecomingly and unhelpfully directed at former regional beneficiaries of T & T largesse.
  • Even very senior officers can beguiled into behaving unbecomingly, cruelly, and destructively while believing they are acting in the best tradition of the service.
  • But when I'm in a hurry, I trip unbecomingly over anything that's in my way.

unbecomingness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • And for the same reason, the unbecomingness of that which is hated is felt more keenly than the becomingness of that which is loved.
  • She deliberated the possible unbecomingness of her conduct no further.
  • At this hour all will suspend or interrupt whatever they are doing if they can do so without unbecomingness.

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