Worthy

Definition of Worthy

Wor´thy
a.1.
1.Having worth or excellence; possessing merit; valuable; deserving; estimable; excellent; virtuous.
Full worthy was he in his lordes war.
- Chaucer.
These banished men that I have kept withal
Are men endued with worthy qualities.
- Shak.
Happier thou mayst be, worthier canst not be.
- Milton.
This worthy mind should worthy things embrace.
- Sir J. Davies.
2.Having suitable, adapted, or equivalent qualities or value; - usually with of before the thing compared or the object; more rarely, with a following infinitive instead of of, or with that; as, worthy of, equal in excellence, value, or dignity to; entitled to; meriting; - usually in a good sense, but sometimes in a bad one.
No, Warwick, thou art worthy of the sway.
- Shak.
The merciless Macdonwald,
Worthy to be a rebel.
- Shak.
Whose shoes I am not worthy to bear.
- Matt. iii. 11.
And thou art worthy that thou shouldst not know
More happiness.
- Milton.
The lodging is well worthy of the guest.
- Dryden.
3.Of high station; of high social position.
Worthy women of the town.
- Chaucer.
Worthiest of blood
(Eng. Law of Descent) most worthy of those of the same blood to succeed or inherit; - applied to males, and expressive of the preference given them over females.
- Burrill.
n.1.A man of eminent worth or value; one distinguished for useful and estimable qualities; a person of conspicuous desert; - much used in the plural; as, the worthies of the church; political worthies; military worthies.
The blood of ancient worthies in his veins.
- Cowper.
v. t.1.To render worthy; to exalt into a hero.

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