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adj. un·wor·thi·er, un·wor·thi·est
a. Insufficient in worth; undeserving: a bad plan unworthy of our consideration.
b. Lacking value or merit; worthless.
2. Not suiting or befitting: "The acquaintances she had already formed were unworthy of her" (Jane Austen).
3. Vile; despicable.

un·wor′thi·ly adv.
un·wor′thi·ness n.
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Noun1.unworthiness - the quality or state of lacking merit or valueunworthiness - the quality or state of lacking merit or value
baseness, contemptibility, despicability, despicableness, sordidness - unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values
disgracefulness, ignominiousness, shamefulness - unworthiness meriting public disgrace and dishonor
bad, badness - that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; "take the bad with the good"
worthiness - the quality or state of having merit or value
2.unworthiness - the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting; "he retracted nothing that he had said about the inappropriateness of either a corporeal God or a God who is a person"; "his praise released from her loud protestations of her unworthiness"
unsuitability, unsuitableness, ineptness - the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
inappositeness, inaptness - inappropriateness; "greater inaptness of expression would be hard to imagine"
infelicity - inappropriate and unpleasing manner or style (especially manner or style of expression)
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[ʌnˈwɜːðɪnɪs] Nfalta f de valía, indignidad f
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(anˈwəːði) adjective
1. shameful or disgraceful. That was an unworthy act/thought.
2. not deserving. Such a remark is unworthy of notice; He's unworthy to have the same name as his father.
3. less good than should be expected from (eg a person). Such bad behaviour is unworthy of him.
unˈworthily adverb
unˈworthiness noun
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unworthiness, so will it be always out of your power to cause the
with what a sickening sense of his unworthiness he now inserted it into the well-oiled lock and entered that citadel of the proprieties!
Remember Thy bounteous mercy and loving-kindness which are from of old; turn not Thy face from us, but be gracious to our unworthiness, and in Thy great goodness and Thy many mercies regard not our transgressions and iniquities!
'It is neither generous, nor honourable, nor the act of a true man, sir,' retorted the other, 'to tamper with the affections of a weak, trusting girl, while you shrink, in your unworthiness, from her guardian and protector, and dare not meet the light of day.
With one word, by drawing one mournful face, I could have got my mother to abjure the jam-shelf - nay, I might have managed it by merely saying that she had enjoyed 'The Master of Ballantrae.' For you must remember that she only read it to persuade herself (and me) of its unworthiness, and that the reason she wanted to read the others was to get further proof.
Her prodigious innocence appalled him, freezing on his lips all ardors of speech, and convincing him, in spite of himself, of his own unworthiness. Also he was handicapped in another way.
"My dear fellow, the levity of your manner does not at all disguise the hideous impudence of your demand; but happily I had already decided to tell you what you wish to know, and no manifestation of your unworthiness to hear it shall alter my decision.
And because of that I want you to know my fullest value, I want to redeem, in your eyes, some small measure of my unworthiness. And so it is that my pride desires that you shall know my thinking is correct and right.
'I should commence, sir, with a tribute to the lady's beauty and excellent qualities; from them, Sir, I should diverge to my own unworthiness.'
He himself, on the other hand, with characteristic humility, avowed his belief that if Providence should see fit to remove him, it would be because of his own unworthiness to perform its humblest mission here on earth.
"I have been more pained," said she, "by her endeavors to acquit him than by all the rest; for it irritates her mind more than the most perfect conviction of his unworthiness can do.
And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?