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Worthy


WORTHY, adjective [G.]

1. Deserving; such as merits; having worth or excellence; equivalent; with of, before the thing deserved. She has married a man worthy of her.

Thou art worthy of the sway.

I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies--Genesis 32:10.

2. Possessing worth or excellence of qualities; virtuous; estimable; as a worthy citizen; a worthy magistrate.

Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be.

This worthy mind should worthy things embrace.

3. Suitable; having qualities suited to; either in a good or bad sense; equal in value; as flowers worthy of paradise.

4. Suitable to any thing bad.

The merciless Macdonald, worthy to be a rebel.

5. Deserving of ill; as things worthy of stripes. Luke 12:48.

WORTHY, noun A man of eminent worth; a man distinguished for useful and estimable qualities; a man of valor; a word much used in the plural; as the worthies of the church; political worthies; military worthies.

WORTHY, verb transitive To render worthy; to exalt. [Not in use.]