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adj. wor·thi·er, wor·thi·est
1. Having worth, merit, or value: a worthy cause.
2. Honorable; admirable: a worthy fellow.
3. Having sufficient worth; deserving: worthy to be revered; worthy of acclaim.
n. pl. wor·thies
An eminent or distinguished person.

wor′thi·ly adv.
wor′thi·ness n.
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great pith and moment Import, significance, weight. This expression comes from Hamlet’s most well-known (“To be or not to be”) soliloquy:

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry

And lose the name of action. (III, i)

nothing to sneeze at Not a thing to be ignored or rejected as a trifle; not a person to be treated with derision or contempt; worthy of serious consideration; also not to be sneezed at. Now used exclusively in the negative, to sneeze at ‘to regard as of little value’ was common in the 1800s, though precisely how “sneezing at” came to be equated with an estimation of worth is not clear. The expression is most often found with reference to sums of money, as illustrated by the following passage from Lock-hart’s Memoirs of Sir Walter Scott:

As I am situated, £300 or £400 is not to be sneezed at.

pay one’s dues To prove one-self worthy by fulfilling obligations; to start at the bottom, gain experience, and work one’s way up. As early as the 1600s, dues referred to a fee for membership in an organization. In the United States, during the 1900s, dues gained currency as a figurative slang term for nonfinancial obligations; pay one’s dues means to earn rights or recognition with hard work and perseverance. The expression is current especially among jazz musicians in referring to the years of anonymity and financial hardship devoted to learning and developing an individual style.

Duke, Thad, Mel and myself, we’ve paid considerable amounts of dues in trying to get this thing off the ground. (Down Beat, April 17, 1969)

worth one’s salt To be worthy or deserving of one’s wages or pay; to be efficient and hard-working; often used negatively in the phrase not to be worth one’s salt. The salt of this expression is said to have come from the old Roman practice of paying soldiers their wages in salt, then a rare and precious commodity. When money for the purchase of salt was substituted for the salt itself, it was known as salārium ‘salt money,’ the predecessor of the English salary, from Latin sal ‘salt.’ Worth one’s salt has been in common usage since the early 19th century.

worth the whistle Worthy, deserving; acceptable, commendable; of value and importance. This expression, implying that a person is worth the effort of whistling for him, is derived from a proverb cited by John Heywood in Dialogue Containing the Number in Effect of All the Proverbs in the English Tongue (1546):

It is a poor dog that is not worth the whistling.

Shakespeare uses the phrase in King Lear when Goneril implies that at one time she was held in high regard by Albany, but that now she is being treated more poorly and with less respect than one would accord a common cur:

I have been worth the whistle. (IV, ii)

The expression is often used in the negative not worth a whistle, frequently to describe a person whose friendship is considered worthless.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.worthiness - the quality or state of having merit or value
deservingness, meritoriousness, merit - the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
laudability, laudableness, praiseworthiness - the quality of being worthy of praise
quotability - the quality of being worthy of being quoted
roadworthiness - (of motor vehicles) the quality of being fit to drive on the open road
goodness, good - that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
unworthiness - the quality or state of lacking merit or value
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The quality or state of being eligible:
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جَدارَه، إسْتِحْقاق، كَفاءَه


[ˈwɜːðɪnɪs] N [of person] → valía f; [of cause] → mérito m
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n (of charity, cause etc)Wert m; (of person)Ehrenhaftigkeit f
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(wəːθ) noun
value. These books are of little or no worth; She sold fifty dollars' worth of tickets.
1. equal in value to. Each of these stamps is worth a cent.
2. good enough for. His suggestion is worth considering: The exhibition is well worth a visit.
ˈworthless adjective
of no value. worthless old coins.
ˈworthlessly adverb
ˈworthlessness noun
ˈworthy (-ði) adjective
1. good and deserving. I willingly give money to a worthy cause.
2. (with of) deserving. She was not worthy of the honour given to her.
3. (with of) typical of, suited to, or in keeping with. a performance worthy of a champion.
4. of great enough importance etc. She was not thought worthy to be presented to the king.
nounplural ˈworthies
a highly respected person.
ˈworthily adverb
ˈworthiness noun
1. deserving; fit for. a blameworthy act.
2. fit for its appropriate use. a seaworthy ship.
worthˈwhile adjective
deserving attention, time and effort etc. a worthwhile cause; It isn't worthwhile to ask him – he'll only refuse.
for all one is worth
using all one's efforts, strength etc. He swam for all he was worth towards the shore.
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Oolanga would have been startled had he known and been capable of understanding the real value placed on him, his beauty, his worthiness, by other persons, and compared it with the value in these matters in which he held himself.
I watch every step you take with anxiety; and I do not believe you are indifferent to the worthiness of my conduct.
I refuse to make a hierarchy of human actions and ascribe worthiness to some and ill-repute to others.
Some day I shall recall my past, until that time shall prove my worthiness I shall not ask for Virginia's hand, and in this decision she must concur, for the truth might reveal some insurmountable obstacle to our marriage.
"The General used Sir Richard with all humanity, and left nothing unattempted that tended to his recovery, highly commending his valour and worthiness, and greatly bewailing the danger in which he was, being unto them a rare spectacle, and a resolution seldom approved, to see one ship turn toward so many enemies, to endure the charge and boarding of so many huge Armadas, and to resist and repel the assaults and entries of so many soldiers.
Stiggins; and the topics principally descanted on, were the virtues of the shepherd, the worthiness of his flock, and the high crimes and misdemeanours of everybody beside--dissertations which the elder Mr.
But then, for the mere sake of vindicating her worthiness of sympathy, you should not have insulted and offended a noble and generous girl in her presence!
For some time she did not refuse to admit me, neither did she decide in my favour, and I continued to linger about her, and to impress her in all the ways I could with my worthiness. In the meantime I saw her admitting other students, and that added greatly to my discomfort, for I felt, deep down in my heart, that I could do as well as they, if I could only get a chance to show what was in me.
Was it her fault that she had believed in him-- had believed in his worthiness?--And what, exactly, was he?-- She was able enough to estimate him--she who waited on his glances with trembling, and shut her best soul in prison, paying it only hidden visits, that she might be petty enough to please him.
Their method of economic exploitation indeed impresses a trained and informed mind as the most frantic and destructive scramble it is possible to conceive; their credit and monetary system resting on an unsubstantial tradition of the worthiness of gold, seems a thing almost fantastically unstable.
In the last analysis, love is only the reflection of a man's own worthiness from other men.
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