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worthy adj. (the senses ‘excellent’ and ‘deserving’ are the most freq., the latter with various constructions)
1. valuable Tp. I. ii. 247 “I have done thee service,” AYL. III. iii. 62, Cæs. III. i. 116 “No worthier than the dust,” Sonn. xlviii. 6.
2. well-deserved, due R2 V. i. 68 “ danger and deserved death,” 1H6 V. v. 11 “her praise,” R3 I. ii. 87 “doing worthy vengeance on thyself.”
3. legitimate, justifiable John II. i. 281 “whose right is worthiest,” 1H4 III. ii. 98, Cor. III. i. 240 “your rage,” Oth. III. iii. 254 “worthy cause.”
4. befitting, fitted (“for”) Gent. I. iii. 33 “every exercise his youth,” II. iv. 77 “ for an empress' love,” Cæs. V. v. 24, Mac. I. ii. 10 “Worthy to be a rebel.”
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