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Worthy, adj. 1) valuable: “most w. comfort, now my greatest grief,” Sonn. 48, 6. “I have done thee w. service,” Tp. I, 2, 247. Alls III, 5, 51. “a walled town is more --er than a village,” As III, 3, 60. “boasts himself to have a w. feeding,” Wint. IV, 4, 169. “no --er than the dust,” Caes. III, 1, 116. “I'll give my reasons, more --er than their voices,” Cor. III, 1, 120.
2) deserving praise, excellent (implying all the shades of meaning between simple approval and the highest veneration): “deserves the travail of a --er pen,” Sonn. 79, 6. “of worth and w. estimation,” Gent. II, 4, 56. “endued with w. qualities,” V, 4, 153. “we shall employ thee in a --er place,” Meas. V, 537. “the lady is very well w.” Ado I, 1, 224. Ado I, 1, 224 “common speech gives him a w. pass,” Alls II, 5, 58. “in that and all your --est affairs,” III, 2, 99. “w. policy,” H6B III, 1, 235. “a w. pioner,” Hml. I, 5, 163. Shr. IV, 5, 65. H4A II, 4, 505. Troil. II, 3, 134. Cymb. IV, 2, 94. 355 etc. “thou w. Lord,” Lucr. 1303. “w. Sebastian,” Tp. II, 1, 205. IV, 221. “to have a look of such a w. mistress,” Gent. II, 4, 108. “know, w. prince,” III, 1, 10. IV, 3, 7. IV, 3, 7 V, 4, 157. Meas. V, 1. Meas. V, 1 Meas. V, 1 Meas. V, 1 Ado V, 1, 278. Mids. I, 1, 52. Merch. IV, 1, 236. Wint. III, 2, 12. H6A IV, 7, 69 “(w. Saint Michael).” Ant. III, 7, 61. Cymb. I, 6, 160. 162 etc.
3) well deserved; in a good as well as in a bad sense: “with many things of w. memory,” Shr. IV, 1, 84. “this superficial tale is but a preface of her w. praise,” H6A V, 5, 11. “he has much w. blame laid upon him,” All's IV, 3, 7. “hate turns one or both to w. danger and deserved death,” R2 V, 1, 68. “doing w. vengeance on thyself,” R3 I, 2, 87.
4) well founded, legitimate: “till you compound whose right is --est,” John II, 281. “he hath more w. interest to the state than thou,” H4A III, 2, 98. “put not your w. rage into your tongue,” Cor. III, 1, 241. “hath given me some w. cause to wish things done undone,” Caes. IV, 2, 8. “as w. cause I have to fear,” Oth. III, 3, 254.
5) deserving; a) absol.; 1) in a good sense: “though twenty thousand --er come to crave her,” Wiv. IV, 4, 90. Mids. I, 1, 55. II, 2, 116. Merch. I, 1, 61. Wint. V, 1, 48. John II, 282. H6B I, 3, 110. H6B I, 3, 110 2) in a bad sense: “and with those hands . . . subdue my --est self,” Ant. IV, 12, 47.
b) with an inf.; 1) in a good sense: “more w. I to be beloved of thee,” Sonn. 150, 14. LLL V, 1, 131. Tw. II, 5, 170. H6A IV, 1, 42. H6B IV, 7, 50. H8 IV, 2, 92. Ant. III, 13, 87. V, 1, 6. Cymb. V, 5, 351. 2) in a bad sense: “w. to be whipped,” Ado II, 1, 227. “w. to be hanged,” Wint. II, 3, 109.
c) with of; 1) in a good sense: “w. of thy sweet respect,” Sonn. 26, 12. Gent. V, 4, 141. Merch. I, 2, 133. Alls II, 5, 84. Wint. IV, 4, 384. H6C IV, 6, 32. H8 V, 3, 154. Tim. I, 1, 233. Caes. II, 1, 303. Per. IV, 6, 101. 2) in a bad sense: thou art w. of it (indignity) All's II, 3, 231. “w. of present death,” Cor. III, 1, 211. what you're w. of (a repulse) Cymb. I, 4, 126.
d) with an accus.: 1) in a good sense: “if aught in me w. perusal stand against thy sight,” Sonn. 38, 6. “which is --est love?” Gent. I, 2, 6. “w. the owner, and the owner it,” Wiv. V, 5, 64. “w. the note,” Alls III, 5, 104. III, 6, 13. Wint. IV, 4, 446. V, 1, 176. John II, 517. H6B III, 1, 68. H6B III, 1, 68 H8 I, 4, 79. II, 4, 195. Cor. I, 1, 251. Tit. I, 250. Caes. I, 2, 181. II, 1, 317. Oth. V, 2, 160. Cymb. II, 4, 23. Cymb. II, 4, 23 2) in a bad sense: “w. blame,” Lucr. 1257. Pilgr. 301. H6C V, 5, 54. “w. death,” H6B III, 1, 242. Cor. III, 1, 298. “a cause w. my spleen,” Tim. III, 5, 113. “w. shameful check,” Ant. IV, 4, 31.
6) suitable, convenient: “every exercise w. his youth and nobleness of birth,” Gent. I, 3, 33. w. for an empress' “love,” II, 4, 76. “it is more w. to leap in ourselves than tarry till they push us,” Caes. V, 5, 24. “w. to be a rebel,” Mcb. I, 2, 10. cf. Tit. I, 250.
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