Definitions

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  • adj. Not worth; not deserving of.
  • n. Unworthiness; unworthliness; worthlessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unworthy.
  • n. Unworthiness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unworthy; little worth. Milton, Tetrachordon.
  • n. Unworthiness.

Etymologies

From Middle English unworth, unwurth, equivalent to un- +‎ worth. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English unworth, unwurth, from Old English unweorþ, unweorþe ("unworthy, poor, mean, of low estate, worthless, contemptible, ignoble"), equivalent to un- +‎ worth. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As I prayed I strove to quest back in my life and cast a hurried tally-sheet of my own worth and unworth.

    Chapter 19

  • This means that we will always have an inclination to have slopey shoulders, because to accept our responsibility for a wrong feels like a confirmation of our essential unworth - it feels like destruction of our identity.

    The Stain of Sin

  • And, as of today, I have a shiny new cell phone complete with a camera hee! with only one slight, tiny, almost unworth mentioning flaw -- I have to call from another phone to activate it.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Later my mother bought it for me. the next day my dad bought me that same case i wanted .... that is what I am talking about I get what I want in the end but the process makes it completely unworth it ...

    x4getregretx Diary Entry

  • That would be something not unworth boasting about -- that he, a sort of eighteenth-century David, should slay this modern Goliath.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • What kindness, I say to myself, even if it be mistaken kindness, must have sealed those dear lips not to tell me of my unworth!

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

  • As to _Inglebury_ and _Mary_, the causes of all the pother, they struck me as conspicuously unworth so much fussing over; and, when their final flight together landed them -- well, where it did, I could only feel that the neighbourhood was to be congratulated.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, February 26, 1919

  • The whole "trial" was unworth of the name – it was a device whereby Mrs. Brailsford and I should be separated from the others and treated with more respect, I having been the only one to do a glaring act and an, apparently, harmful or greatly risky one.

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • Yet still, while the years passed, he waited, -- listening -- listening -- listening; a kindly, simple old man with mystical brown eyes, believing meekly in his own unworth to hear again that Sound from Heaven, as of a rushing, mighty wind, that had filled the London Chapel, bowing human souls before it as a great wind bows the standing corn!

    The Voice

  • But the person of spiritual unworth is successfully tempted to the Adversary to eat of lettuce with destitution of oil, mustard, egg, salt and garlic, and with a rascal bath of vinegar polluted with sugar.

    INTERNET WIRETAP: The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce (1993 Edition)

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