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unbidden Line breaks: un|bid¦den
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈbɪd(ə)n/

Definition of unbidden in English:


1Without having been commanded or invited: unbidden guests
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  • The issue of race is an occasional unbidden guest at the dinner table in white America.
  • If I didn't subscribe, I wouldn't buy this issue - as it was, it arrived unbidden, so I had to see it sitting on my coffee table without having been sufficiently prepped for the horror.
  • Everywhere in the school, which from the earliest hours has been the headquarters of the search and rescue effort, there are piles of equipment, a superabundance of material that has arrived unbidden from all over America.
1.1(Especially of a thought or feeling) arising without conscious effort: unbidden tears came to his eyes
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  • Sufferers can find themselves having constant and unbidden thoughts they believe could cause disasters or cause harm to those around them.
  • But sometimes, unbidden thoughts popped into her head.
  • That is to say, she didn't like the fact that she thought of him from time to time, unbidden thoughts, very much beyond her control.
spontaneous, unprompted, voluntary, unforced, uncompelled, unplanned, unpremeditated, spur-of-the-moment

Words that rhyme with unbidden

bestridden, forbidden, hidden, midden, outridden, ridden, stridden

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