from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an unworthy manner; not according to desert; either above or below merit: as, to treat a man unworthily; to advance a person unworthily.

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  • adverb In an unworthy manner.

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  • adverb in an unworthy manner


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  • "Control the fashion of your speech, I pray you, sir!" he said, with excessive haughtiness -- "The noble Laureate is my friend and host, -- I suffer no man to use his name unworthily in my presence!"

    Ardath Marie Corelli 1889

  • Among which he ordained that none of this land should receive the order of knighthood, but only at Rome by the hands of the emperor, lest peradventure the rude people and unworthy would take upon them that order unworthily, which is of great dignity, and also they should make an oath never to rebel ne bear arms against the emperor, which statutes were used in all places obedient to Rome and under their subjection.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3 1230-1298 1900

  • Dr. Gene pointed out that the word in that verse is "unworthily" not "unworthy" -- an adverb, not an adjective -- it's about whether I approach the Lord's Table with a proper reverence and understanding of its significance.

    Gene Scott, RIP - BatesLine 2005

  • The whole of the damnatory clause in the exhortation, from the word "unworthily" to "sundry kinds of death," is expunged.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada Henry A. Murray

  • Even so, we may be sure that a young lady whose cheek burned not at sight of the letter she had sealed untidily -- 'unworthily' the Manual calls it -- would anon be blushing for her shamelessness.

    Yet Again Max Beerbohm 1914

  • Any who takes the bread without the wine, or the wine without the bread, "unworthily" communicates, and so "is guilty of Christ's body and blood"; for he disobeys Christ's express command to partake of both.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • Omitting also "unworthily," with most of the oldest manuscripts, we must translate, "He that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, IF he discern not the body" (Heb 10: 29).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • It will be noticed that not only is the word "unworthily" omitted, but also the word "Lord's."

    Once a Methodist; Now a Baptist. Why? 1861

  • That confession was required before Communion is evident from the penitential ascribed to St. Columbanus, which orders (can. xxx) "that confessions be given with all diligence, especially concerning commotions of the mind, before going to Mass, lest perchance any one approach the altar unworthily, that is, if he have not a clean heart.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip 1840-1916 1913

  • "unworthily" given up, but such an accusation is entirely groundless.

    The Naval War of 1812 Or the History of the United States Navy during the Last War with Great Britain to Which Is Appended an Account of the Battle of New Orleans Theodore Roosevelt 1888


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