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- adj. Considered unworthy of reward.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not deserving; not having merit.
- Not meriting: with of: as, a man undeserving of happiness or of punishment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not deserving
Funny - the word "undeserving" wasn't mentioned when both parties rescued Wall Street's megabanks.
Yasin has also written about being overlooked twice and what he calls undeserving people being rewarded instead.
Would we consider some -- whom we may have written off in the past as "undeserving" -- worthy of our collective empathy?
TAX AND SPENDPlay Now, Pay LaterFOR MOST OF THE PAST TWO DECADES, American politics have been driven to the fight by a crude but powerful assumption: that those "tax and spend" Democrats have been taking away the taxpayers 'hard-earned money and giving it to "them" - the so-called undeserving poor.
It goes beyond the idea of an 'undeserving rich'...certain segments of the so-called undeserving rich are the actual cause of the crisis wee are in...
The GOP has used the idea of "undeserving" people getting something from the hard work of others from President Reagan's time if not before.
These wait on you, to thank you for the honour you have done a person, equally unknown as undeserving, in your valuable present, which I did not receive till several weeks after it was sent: and since I received it, my eyes have been so bad, and my hand so unstable, that I have been forced to defer my duty, as desirous to thank you with my own hand.
They claim that struggling homeowners are "undeserving" of help, even if the other party in their transaction has broken the law or violated a contract.
They are scared stiff that some "undeserving" poor person might benefit from their hard-earned money.
It is easy for those who have never experienced these problems to apportion the "undeserving" tag to drug users, but a failure to understand the starting point for addiction means that policies that spoon-feed attractive soundbites to Middle England about getting all addicts off drugs are unlikely to translate into successful outcomes for users.