deserving

[ dih-zur-ving ]SEE DEFINITION OF deserving

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESERVING

Rare, indeed, is it to find a deserving peasant without them in France!

And indeed, as I have often said, never was there a young creature so deserving of our love.

Once they were deserving of our protection; now they even neglect to ask it.

Yes, I gave money to some people who, it seems, were not deserving of it.

I hope it is deserving the acceptance of the illustrious Caeri.

Oh, Isabella, I had five sons; all—all deserving of the name they bore.

It may be right as being meritorious, and deserving of commendation.

I wished to remain, in the eyes of the public, deserving of its patronage.

Why, it is an army in itself, in the hands of a general at all deserving of that name.

Of all his family he was the one most ill spoken of, and least deserving of it.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French deservir (Modern French desservir) "deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit," from Latin deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" (see de-) + servire "to serve" (see serve). From "be entitled to because of good service" (a sense found in Late Latin), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of." Related: Deserved; deserving.

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