Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being undutiful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being undutiful.

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

  • n. impiety characterized by lack of devotion to duty

Etymologies

undutiful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He might, indeed, if he had learnt his trade in that singular criticism of Shakespeare, which has decided that Hamlet was written for a warning to the irresolute, and Coriolanus as a lesson to the proud, persuade himself that the poem was written to show how great passion leads to undutifulness and selfishness.

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • Osborne broke out into a rhapsody of self-praise and imprecations; — by the first, excusing himself to his own conscience for his conduct; by the second, exaggerating the undutifulness of George.

    Vanity Fair

  • Get down the round-hand scrawls of your son who has half broken your heart with selfish undutifulness since; or a parcel of your own, breathing endless ardour and love eternal, which were sent back by your mistress when she married the Nabob — your mistress for whom you now care no more than for Queen Elizabeth.

    Vanity Fair

  • Let him take the consequences of his undutifulness and folly.

    Vanity Fair

  • My poor mother keeps her chamber — should she be worse, I should have an additional unhappiness, in apprehension that my reputed undutifulness had touched her heart.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But gloriously would it punish the mother (as well as daughter) for all her sordid avarice; and for her undutifulness to honest Mr. Howe, whose heart she actually broke.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • For a while we felt utterly lonely: and of our dear father as if we had buried him, or drove him to the grave by our undutifulness.

    The Virginians

  • He said it was always so: that he had never cherished a young man in his bosom, but the ingrate had turned on him; that he was accustomed to wrong and undutifulness from his children, and that he would pray that the sin might be forgiven me.

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • At this information, the marquis assumed a very stern look, and severely reprimanded Peter for his imprudence, at the same time reproaching the other servants with their undutifulness in thus disturbing his peace.

    A Sicilian Romance

  • You zee, Sophy, what undutifulness brings volks to.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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