• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Undeserve To fail to deserve.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • undeserve To fail to deserve.
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  • W. H. Auden
    “Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”
  • Francis Atterbury
    Francis Atterbury
    “Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.”
  • Horace
    “Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.”
  • John Ruskin
    “They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.”
  • Mark Twain
    “By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + deserve,


In literature:

They came contritely, conscious of their undeserving; but to each and all Scipio, from the head of the steps, returned the same answer.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Your generosity has bestowed upon me an undeserved distinction, one which I neither sought nor desired.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Lord Leicester had the reputation of good scholarship, and not undeservedly.
"The English Spy" by Bernard Blackmantle
They are easily kept in order by gentleness, but have spirit enough to resent ill-treatment if undeserved.
"Recollections of Manilla and the Philippines" by Robert Mac Micking
He wished to leave at once, for he shrank from the undeserved gratitude he saw welling up in her eyes.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Mozart, more than any other composer, met with undeserved hardships.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
Harun's fame as a good man is quite undeserved.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
Do you want to make a present of her to some undeserving person?
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
She was wholly undeserving of sympathy.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
Nor was Fielding the man to pay it to one whom he thought was undeserving of it.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
It is better to be well deserving without praise than to live by the air of undeserved commendation.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
Brag as we like, the reproach was not undeserved, nor is it quite removed.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
Not that her aunt meant to be unkind, or that her chidings were always undeserved or her complaints causeless.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
You are partly responsible for my poor father's undeserved sufferings.
"Five Hundred Dollars" by Horatio Alger
They give us a bad name which is not wholly undeserved.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Chambers and others, who have thoroughly examined the whole matter, have shown this censure to be undeserved.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
Probably, in other cases where the master was ill-tempered, they would have been liable to punishment, deserved or undeserved.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
It showed, said I, how undeserving he was, that the minute she took herself from him, he asked another girl to be his wife.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
Too long have designations been employed regarding them that call up undeserved associations.
"The Deaf" by Harry Best
He was present, and saw the stroke given, and saw, moreover, that it was undeserved.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

ALAS, ye poor Armenians !
In undeserved distress
Ye wander forth to slavery,
In want and wretchedness.
"The Exiles" by Leo Alishan
And I, who have not laboured,
Nor borne the heat of noon,
Receive thy tranquil quiet -
An undeserved boon.
"Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
But that love—and lie I cannot
Here in this quiet spot,
Hath undeserved been often,
But never once forgot:
"To My Mother" by Edwin Arnold
While, fretting, I must lie alone,
Cursing the powers divine,
That undeservedly have thrown
A pearl unto a swine.
"Songs Set To Music: 18. Set" by Matthew Prior
Thou art my lovelinesse, my life, my light,
Beautie alone to me:
Thy bloudy death and undeserv'd, makes thee
Pure red and white.
"Dulnesse" by George Herbert
Bless the young bands that culled the gift,
And bless the hearts that prompted it;
If undeserved it comes, at least
It seems not all unfit.
"Winter Roses" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

'Vitriol' toward feds is undeserved .
Undeserved validation for Burma.
War on terror's other cost: undeserved anger at all Muslims.
Lawmakers' protests give undeserved taxpayer attention to MTV reality show 'Jersey Shore'.
Autism therapies can get undeserved credit.
Christopher Hitchens on Obama's undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.
Spiders' bad reputation might be undeserved .
The Return of the " Undeserving Poor".
Tuberculosis undeserving stigma of past.
Are the Rich Completely Undeserving of Sympathy.
Stealing to Feed the Undeserving Poor.
A shower of love for an undeserving man.
' Vitriol ' toward feds is undeserved.
Former President Bill Clinton said the financial bailout should not protect the undeserving.
I have recently written about how we here in New Jersey get an undeserved reputation for rudeness from out- of- staters, comedians and TV shows.

In science:

Although many of the objects filtered out should be remo ved for reasons of incompleteness, others need not be and are lost undeservedly. A compromise is necessary.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
However, “free-sharing” of “undeserved” benefits to non-coalition members may be some psychological impediment to coalition formation.
Model of an International Environmental Agreement among Asymmetric Nations applied to Debris Mitigation
This quantization problem, including Nambu’s proposal for QNBs, has had an undeservedly bad reputation over the years, on account of top-down shortcomings.
Membranes and Consistent Quantization of Nambu Dynamics
Sadoulet, “DUSEL”, actually a proper German word whith the meaning fluke (somehow undeserved).
Summary Talk: Challenges in Particle Astrophysics
After a long, and now seen to be undeserved, exile to the margins, baryogenesis via decay of heavy GU T scalars seems set to regain its position on the main stage.
GUT's have the ability to defy sphalerons