from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unbecoming; not befitting; unsuitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Unbecoming; not befitting.

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  • verb Present participle of unbeseem.


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  • Westgate says that she came into the company, and scolded at and called her husband, whereupon I, took her husband's part, telling her it was an unbeseeming thing for her to come after him to the tavern, and rail after that rate.

    History of American Women

  • And 'tis proper to them both, and I hope not unbeseeming me, who am by my profession a divine, and by mine inclination a physician.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And so, for the honour of our own, will I judge of every woman for the future, who imitating the rougher manners of men, acts unbeseeming the gentleness of her own sex.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Then he began the whole history, from the originall of his unbeseeming affection to her (in regard she was a worthy mans wife) and consequently, how all had happened to the instant houre, to the no meane admiration of all the hearers, adding withall.

    The Decameron

  • Monasteries, breaking the Lawes of obedience, and being addicted to pleasures of the flesh, are become lascivious and dissolute, making the world beleeve, that whatsoever is convenient for other women, is no way unbeseeming them, as thinking in that manner to escape.

    The Decameron

  • Your prompt and uncourteous sword-in-hand attendance on the sovereign is no longer necessary, and would be as unbeseeming as your old-fashioned serving-men, with their badges, broadswords, and bucklers, would be at a court-mask.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • “Monna Paula was frightened,” answered Margaret, “and did not know how to set about the errand, for you know she scarce ever goes out of doors — and so — and so — I agreed to go with her to give her courage; and, for the dress, I am sure you remember I wore it at a Christmas mumming, and you thought it not unbeseeming.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • The Provoste gaining no other grace at this time, would not so give over for this first repulse, but pursuing her still with unbeseeming importunity; many private meanes he used to her by

    The Decameron

  • To hear about lords and ladies, and their crimes and adventures, was lovely; but to dwell upon people of common birth, and in trade, was most unbeseeming.


  • But knowing and confessing, how farre unbeseeming my love is, to aime so ambitiously at a King, and being unable to controule it, or in the least manner to diminish it: I have made choyce of the onely and best remedy of all, namely, to dye, and so I am most willing to doe.

    The Decameron


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