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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English unmete, vnmete, unimete, from Old English unġemǣte, unmǣte (immense, enormous; unsuitable), equivalent to un- +‎ meet (fit, right).

AdjectiveEdit

unmeet (comparative more unmeet, superlative most unmeet)

  1. (archaic) Not proper
    • 1588, Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, Part I.[1]:
      I have purposely omitted and left out some fond and frivolous gestures, digressing, and, in my poor opinion, far unmeet for the matter [] .
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      [...] O, my father!
      Prove you that any man with me convers'd
      At hours unmeet, or that I yesternight
      Maintain'd the change of words with any creature,
      Refuse me, hate me, torture me to death.
    • 1851, Grace Aguilar, The Vale of Cedars[2]:
      Ferdinand himself gazed on her a moment astonished; then with animated courtesy hastily raised her, and playfully chid the movement as unmeet from a hostess to her guests.
    • 1900, Ernest Dowson, Amor Umbratilis[3]:
      I cast my flowers away,
      Blossoms unmeet for you!
    • 1915, James Branch Cabell, The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck[4]:
      There were many hideous histories the colonel could have told you of, unmeet to be set down, and he was familiar with this talk of pelvic anomalies which were congenital.

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