Definition of unbending in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈbendiNG/


Strict and austere in one’s behavior or attitudes: they were unbending in their demands his unbending iron will
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  • One of these unbending attitudes is related to language.
  • How do people develop such a ghastly attitude, such an unbending devotion to rules?
  • Pyongyang's unbending attitude only makes it even more difficult to resolve the dispute through peaceful means.
inflexible, rigid, strict, austere, stern, tough, firm, uncompromising, unyielding, hard line, resolute, determined, unrelenting, relentless, inexorable, intransigent, immovable;
unfeeling, unemotional, stiff, forbidding, unfriendly



Example sentences
  • Sheikh Hilal was unbendingly proud of his nomadic way of life.
  • The Japanese malaise is self-inflicted; guided by spurious notions and doctrines Japanese politicians unbendingly and doggedly pursue baneful policies.
  • Not even the unbendingly tolerant Swedes would put up with the primeministerial girlfriend being taken on state visits.


Example sentences
  • The high head and the stiff neck were the physical types of an unbendingness which most men craved.
  • Yet most people agree that Churchill's unbendingness saved the lives of millions of people.
  • But I would venture that unbendingness is back in vogue.

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Syllabification: un·bend·ing

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