from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Appropriate; suitable; proper.

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  • v. Present participle of befit.
  • adj. appropriate, becoming

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suitable; proper; becoming; fitting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • ‘Of a suitable kind or character; fit; proper; becoming: as, befitting words; a befitting dress or manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. appropriate to


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  • He also wore an expression befitting a totally innocent man and revealed just the proper degree of shock, his eyes opening wider, when Van Sant asked him, “Did you kill your wife?”

    Every Breath You Take

  • The Gossip Girl a title befitting the appearance of the new rising star Lady Gaga, with a luster performance that stole the show at SNL, fans are looking forward to the episode with our Princes Diva.

    Lady GaGa to appear in Gossip Girl

  • I'm surprised Hutchinson didn't write under the pseudonym, TRUSTUS, a label befitting a man who held a plurality of key offices.


  • American Classic, a title befitting the artist himself, finds Willie Nelson returning to the Great American Songbook in a sequel to his best-selling crossover album

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  • “I need a name befitting my status, and I can’t think of one that does the job half as well as Romulus.”

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • "A certain befitting gravity should grace the occasion," Chris agreed, placing his hand on Planchette.

    Jack London's Short Story: Planchette

  • Jets wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes recently christened themselves the " Flight Boys, " a nickname befitting teammates who have aspired to reach the height of their profession this season, if not the height of hubris.


  • It's a media-centric term befitting the central role of right-wing blogs as media critics: Robert Fisk was the first big-time reporter whose reputation was destroyed by the meticulous fact-checking of right-wing bloggers.

    About that "scalping"... and other blogospheric collective activities.

  • It was a name befitting a goddess: Dementia, who caused her sister Demeter to forget to turn winter into spring.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • It was an "explosive device," a euphemism befitting a neighborhood where years of false alarms in the markets have taught the locals not to take trouble too seriously.

    How Wall Street Learned to Stop Worrying About the Bomb


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  • Previously almost invariably transitive; since 1960 however the construction 'befitting of' has greatly increased in popularity. Although Google Books still has it as only minute in numbers by 2000, today's Web shows it coming on very strong.

    This is the first comment I have made here using information from the Ngram Viewer.

    January 25, 2011