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Definition of "unbecoming" []

  • Not appropriate, attractive, or flattering: an unbecoming dress. (adjective)
  • Not in accord with the standards implied by one's character or position: conduct unbecoming an officer. See Synonyms at improper. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unbecoming" in a sentence
  • "We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holy days, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy saints."
  • "With THE SOCORRO BLAST, I thought people would object to the idea that our current national paranoia squirts out, in unbecoming ways, even in small towns."
  • "He bowled his last delivery in first-class cricket, at the end of an inconsequential match for Durham against the 1993 Australian tourists, with his member hanging out of his trousers, an act which Wisden coyly described as "unbecoming and flippant"."