Definitions

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

  • adj. Not appropriate, attractive, or flattering: an unbecoming dress.
  • adj. Not in accord with the standards implied by one's character or position: conduct unbecoming an officer. See Synonyms at improper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not flattering, attractive or appropriate.
  • adj. Not in keeping with the expected standards of one's position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not becoming; unsuitable; unfit; indecorous; improper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not becoming; improper; indecent; indecorous.
  • Not befitting or suiting; not suitable or proper (for or in).
  • Not esthetically suited to the wearer, as an article of dress; not enhancing the beauty of its subject, as an attitude or a gesture.
  • n. A transition from existence into non-existence; dissolution.

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

  • adj. not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society

Etymologies

un- +‎ becoming (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holy days, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy saints.

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  • With THE SOCORRO BLAST, I thought people would object to the idea that our current national paranoia squirts out, in unbecoming ways, even in small towns.

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  • He bowled his last delivery in first-class cricket, at the end of an inconsequential match for Durham against the 1993 Australian tourists, with his member hanging out of his trousers, an act which Wisden coyly described as "unbecoming and flippant".

    Ian Botham by Simon Wilde - review

  • Although his middle-class family considered such a calling unbecoming, as a child he thought of becoming a painter or cartoonist.

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  • But it had become an acknowledged fact in Bungay that John Crumb was ready at any hour to punch the head of any man who should hint that Ruby Ruggles had, at any period of her life, done any act or spoken any word unbecoming a young lady; and so strong was the general belief in John Crumb, that Ruby became the subject of general eulogy from all male lips in the town.

    The Way We Live Now

  • Bungay that John Crumb was ready at any hour to punch the head of any man who should hint that Ruby Ruggles had, at any period of her life, done any act or spoken any word unbecoming a young lady; and so strong was the general belief in John Crumb, that Ruby became the subject of general eulogy from all male lips in the town.

    The Way We Live Now

  • And "screwed up" is gutter slang unbecoming of the leader of the free world.

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  • All this you asserted in terms unbecoming the place in which you stood, unbecoming the person to which they were addressed, and highly improper to be used by one who spoke about what he did not under - stand.

    Junius : including letters by the same writer, under other signatures, (now first collected) to which are added, his confidential correspondence with Mr. Wilkes, and his private letters addressed to Mr. H.S. Woodfall ; with a preliminary essay, notes, fac-similes, &c.

  • Now, in the social-media age, the sausage-making and kitchenette-dealing can be easily documented -- leading to criticism of an "unbecoming" process that have extended to questioning the DCDSC's role in making an appointment.

    The problem with the D.C. Democratic State Committee

  • Senate rules prohibit senators from using "unbecoming" language on the Senate floor when the body is in session, but makes no mention of whether the vice president is permitted to make foul remarks.

    Cheney reflects on 'f**k' yourself comment

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