Nine worthies

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nine worthies Hector, Alexander the Great, Julius Cæsar, Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus, Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon
    • Nine worthies Hector, Alexander the Great, Julius Cæsar; Joshua, David, Judas Maccabæus; Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Bouillon
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weorth, wurth (Ger. wert), value.

Usage

In literature:

Though it was between eight and nine o'clock, that worthy, being unwell, was still in bed, but rose at once and went to the window.
"Lay Morals and Other Papers" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Maitre Mathias was a worthy old gentleman sixty-nine years of age, who took great pride in his forty years' exercise of the profession.
"The Marriage Contract" by Honore de Balzac
Remorselessly condensed, these nine might, with artistry, have made a book worthy to live.
"The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Thomas Wright
And since he had nine horses in his "string," the worthy German's eyes bulged.
"Blister Jones" by John Taintor Foote
Schoolmaster Holofernes & Co. arranging the Pageant of the Nine Worthies.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
Though thou be not set among the Worthies Nine; Yet wast thou a Conqueror in thy time!
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
The last catalogue of the London Horticultural Society mentions one hundred and forty-nine varieties, as worthy of cultivation.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Nine Worthies, the, 316.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Nine days had passed, since the ground under the Swedish gallows had drunk the blood of the worthy German.
"Tales from the German. Volume I." by Carl Franz van der Velde
But what about the good, worthy masses of the people, say, at least nine-tenths of the populations of America and England?
"Her Royal Highness Woman" by Max O'Rell
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In poetry:

Nine spirits are we, wandering many years,
Longing to know; and many lands
O'ertravelled, one day were surprised
By a sore accident,
To which if you attend,
You'll say, oh worthy, oh unhappy lovers!
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =Fifth Dialogue=." by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Breaking 30 for nine holes of competitive golf is worthy of note, so it's hats off to professional Mike Shulas and amateur Mark Guadagni.
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In science:

Twenty-five years later. Efimov posed this problem a comparatively short time (roughly nine years) earlier , but I deemed it worthy of being called a classic even back then because of its remarkably fundamental nature.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
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