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I very often come across sentences like "being worthy and deserving" in many books and essays, especially in philosophy, psychology or theology.
For example there is the sentence "You are a worthy, deserving person."
I looked both words up in a dictionary and they seem to be synonyms.
worthy = deserving; deserving = worthy
I'm confused. If these words mean the same thing, why repeat them unnecessarily? Is this a kind of "speaking tradition" that one is always said with the other? Or is there a difference in these words so that one word completes the other. What might be the difference?
Thanks for any explanation.
To me, worthy means that someone is to be respected, which isn't exactly the same as deserving, which normally implies that they should be treated in a certain way, like the deserving poor, who are poor but hard-working and honest and, therefore, should be given some assistance, unlike the so-called idle poor.