Definition of unwonted in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwəʊntɪd/


Unaccustomed or unusual: there was an unwonted gaiety in her manner
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  • The stark fact that significant portions of our planet are under the supervision of exceptionally stupid and ill-informed people is provoking unwonted expressions of anger and alarm.
  • Seeking to ‘understand’ so-called ‘problems’ is often not kindness, but rather unwonted indulgence: it is a special kind of cruelty that means people no longer attempt to better their behaviour.
  • The British scholar complained recently in a New York Times Op-Ed that the United States simply has too much unwonted power and needs a counterweight - a stronger Europe.



[as submodifier]: she was unwontedly shy and subdued
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  • He looked up at last, his eyes unwontedly serious in the twilight.
  • The town of Slough in Buckinghamshire, for instance, became a focus for much industrial activity in the thirties - while its architectural horrors became the target for the unwontedly bitter satire of John Betjeman.
  • Perhaps if he hadn't looked so unwontedly silly, then he would have been able to keep it down, but instead he snorted.


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  • Fear, inferiority, unwontedness, and uncertain futures was the state in which the Assyrians lived constantly.
  • We were all - even Claydon - ready to concede that her unwontedness was in some degree a matter of environment.
  • His unwontedness was in some degree a matter of environment.
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