One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The quality of being good enough; suitability.‘he demonstrates his worthiness to rule’‘you proved your worthiness as a leader’‘how do you go about assessing the worthiness of a book proposal?’
- ‘She is beautiful but her worthiness as my mate is still very unclear.’
- ‘They are asked to examine each one individually and decide its worthiness.’
- ‘So I always try my best to prove my worthiness.’
- ‘The fight with Goliath is the culminating stage in this paideia, where David proves his worthiness to be king through his personal heroism.’
- ‘Edward the Elder decreed that the hundred courts were to judge the worthiness of every law-suit and to appoint a day for it to be heard and settled.’
- 1.1 The quality of deserving attention or respect.‘an argument about the moral worthiness of the nation's founders’‘doubts about the worthiness of writing novels’
- ‘The films seem refreshingly free from worthiness, irony, and political correctness, and do not attempt to work on more than one level.’
- ‘A couple of statements are made to convince the audience of his worthiness of the medals collected.’
- ‘He took the company from the bowels of serious worthiness to wowing the London literati with dynamic, subversive, well-produced books that echoed the counterculture bubbling under the historical granite of Edinburgh.’
- ‘It steers away from the academic worthiness that kills so many similar projects.’
- ‘Violet is a useful shade, as "it represents authority and depth of understanding, and is also is the colour of worthiness and dignity."’
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