Definition of undeserving in English:



  • Not deserving or worthy of something positive, especially help or praise:

    ‘the applicant is undeserving of assistance’
    ‘the undeserving poor’
    • ‘I closed my eyes, refusing to see the torture being done to my poor, undeserving hair.’
    • ‘Always err on the side of niceness until they prove themselves to be undeserving of your better side.’
    • ‘Mr Williams and others who write to the papers contrive to imply that council staff are uniquely undeserving idle bureaucrats or lazy workmen.’
    • ‘Once taken in by the upper society, he is given undeserving respect and a copious amount of bribes.’
    • ‘The problem here is that people object when randomly good things happen to undeserving people.’
    • ‘I wonder which undeserving news story will blow up to be huge next?’
    • ‘I guess that there has to be some sort of finality; the awards will be back next year, complete with deserving and undeserving winners.’
    • ‘There are rumours about town that Rita and her family are planning to pack up and move their restaurant to some other undeserving locale.’
    • ‘So companies settle for a lot less, but still give undeserving people money.’
    • ‘If his case doesn't justify asylum, then there are millions of undeserving asylum seekers living here under false pretences.’
    • ‘And who decides who is undeserving, and deserving, or who is lucky and who is astute?’
    • ‘The undeserving rich, some might say, although at least they've worked for their money… unlike some.’
    • ‘But the undeserving poor, particularly those who showed no signs of changing their ways, were given harsh treatment.’
    • ‘Yet it's possible that Edina may be even less forgivable as that most loathsome of types, the undeserving rich.’
    • ‘We must not blame the poor nor place them in categories of deserving or undeserving.’
    • ‘I'm not interested in whether or not they are married, or whether they are the deserving or undeserving poor.’
    • ‘It's about time that we began to recognize that inherited wealth is equally undeserving of our reverence.’
    • ‘He is undeserving of such praise because what he actually produced was confusion.’
    • ‘Also, we wanted to ensure the money raised would be used cent for cent towards social work and not bleed away into the hands of those undeserving.’
    • ‘They are, as far as anyone can tell, bitterly hostile to the oligarchs, believing them to be the undeserving beneficiaries of resources that belong to the nation.’
    undeserving, not worthy, not good enough for, ineligible for, unqualified for, unfit for
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