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    worthy - deserving... different or redundant?

    Hello everyone!

    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.

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    Re: worthy - deserving... different or redundant?

    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.

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