unmerited

[ʌnmˈɛɹɪtɪd], [ʌnmˈɛɹɪtɪd], [ʌ_n_m_ˈɛ_ɹ_ɪ_t_ɪ_d]

Definitions of unmerited:

  1.   Not deserving; unjust. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2.   Not deserved; unjust. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for unmerited:

  1. Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise. – Rutherford B. Hayes
  2. An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof. – Walter Savage Landor
  3. What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited the grief is resistless. – Ovid

Usage examples for unmerited:

  1. There may well be some few over whom Fate exerts a more tyrannous power, by virtue of instinct, heredity and other laws more relentless still, more profound and obscure; but even when we writhe beneath unmerited crushing misfortune; even when fortune compels us to do the thing we should never have done, had our hands been free; even then, when the deed has been done, the misfortune has happened, it still rests with ourselves to deny her the least influence on that which shall come to pass in our soul. ” – Wisdom and Destiny by Maurice Maeterlinck
  2. “ I resemble my neighbors in liking to have credit for what I have done, but I know nothing more hateful than unmerited praise. ” – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  3. Sir Marmaduke's callousness in the face of his peril and unmerited disgrace, had struck Lambert with an overwhelming feeling of disappointment and loneliness. ” – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  4. It is, and it has been, a great sorrow to me to see such a one as you subjected to so unmerited an ignominy; but a man educated in the laws of his country, as you have been, and understanding its constitution fundamentally, as you do, will probably have acknowledged that, great as has been the misfortune to you personally, nothing more than a proper attempt has been made to execute justice. ” – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  5. “ I should think this accusation, in a great degree, certainly unmerited for France, at this moment, has a large and, so far as I can judge, a well- appointed army, and one that is charged by the liberal party with being a heavy expense to the nation, and that, too, chiefly with the intention of keeping the people in subjection to tyranny. ” – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper
  6. Men and women are not always refined or ennobled by unmerited suffering. ” – Hetty Wesley by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. The petition ran thus: 'The brothers, mother, and relations of Joan, anxious that her memory and their own should be cleansed from this unmerited disgrace, demand that the sentence of condemnation that was given at Rouen shall be annulled. ” – Joan of Arc by Ronald Sutherland Gower
  8. She had almost cast a reflection upon her friend, which would have been as unkind as it was unmerited – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  9. “ To achieve unmerited honor is the special gift of thousands, but to deserve and win befalls some few in every century, and one of these few was Zebedee. ” – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  10. “ For, in his softer moments, Tom had told every thing to Faddle, and Faddle had declared that he would be true to the death to a friend suffering such unmerited misfortune. ” – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope

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