adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. lacking in excellence or value ; poor, worthless b. base, dishonorable 2. not meritorious ; undeserving <
unworthy of attention
3. not deserved ; unmerited <
unworthy treatment
4. inappropriate to one's condition or station <
actions unworthy of a gentleman
unworthily adverbunworthiness noun

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