Definitions

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  • adj. undeserving

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Undeserving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Undeserving.

Etymologies

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Latin immeritus; prefix im- not + meritus, past participle of merere, mereri, to deserve.

Examples

  • Criticising the conclusion of a passage in Milton's treatise, the language of the first portion of which is pronounced "too sublime and angelical for mortal creatures to comprehend it," the Answerer declares, "This frothy discourse, were it not sugared over with a little neat language, would appear so immeritous, so contrary to all humane learning, yea truth and common experience itself, that all that read it must needs count it worthy to be burnt by the hangman."

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649

  • Criticising the conclusion of a passage in Milton's treatise, the language of the first portion of which is pronounced “too sublime and angelical for mortal creatures to comprehend it,” the Answerer declares, “This frothy discourse, were it not sugared over with a little neat language, would appear so immeritous, so contrary to all humane learning, yea truth and common experience itself, that all that read it must needs count it worthy to be burnt by the hangman.”

    The Life of John Milton

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