Definition of unbending in English:

unbending

adjective

  • Reserved, formal, or strict in one's behaviour or attitudes; austere and inflexible.

    ‘he was so unbending and uncompromising’
    ‘his output is prodigious and springs from the unbending control he exercises over every aspect of his life’
    • ‘But he's clearly a man of principle and unbending honesty - who, at times, can be cruelly insensitive, as when he tells a man he has casually examined that he has a tumour.’
    • ‘The Thai Monarch is probably best known, universally, for his unbending resolve to improve the lives of each and every one of his people.’
    • ‘A highly publicised investigation of Hollywood in 1947 resulted in prison sentences for a group of unbending witnesses, writers and filmmakers who came to be known as the ‘Hollywood Ten’.’
    • ‘In the meantime, few could see any hope of reconciliation or resolution, at least not while the unbending figure of Maxim remains alive and at the head of the church.’
    • ‘Pyongyang's unbending attitude only makes it even more difficult to resolve the dispute through peaceful means.’
    • ‘Patnaik was an unbending man with firm convictions.’
    • ‘John Paul II will rightly be praised for his unbending opposition to communism and his support for Lech Walesa.’
    • ‘Times change and Skye's economy now relies on the seven-days-a - week business of tourism but further out at sea, on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis to which Smith withdrew, the unbending religion he epitomises has held on.’
    • ‘Such an unbending position was his ‘obligation’ to the public.’
    • ‘If Beijing sticks to its unbending attitude on the textbook issue, Japan and China will never be able to resolve the dispute.’
    • ‘One example given was of a Dutchman seeking consensus but all the Dutchmen I know are are a blunt, individualistic and unbending lot - a world away from the Japanese.’
    • ‘How do people develop such a ghastly attitude, such an unbending devotion to rules?’
    • ‘I love shuffle and I have a fairly unbending rule that I don't look at the display and I don't fast forward.’
    • ‘Those are the words of her husband - and they provide a tantalizing glimpse into the private life of a man whose public demeanor was that of an unbending, ruthless soldier.’
    • ‘So you find that when they join a religion like Islam they have an unbending view.’
    • ‘Barrow, like Queeg, thinks that he can have his way and cut a singular figure as a commander by being unbending and demanding absolute adherence to the rules.’
    • ‘How to explain this unbending sense of rectitude?’
    • ‘The unbending Presbyterian Scots, refusing to set foot in a pub, retaliated by building the stern little post office that still stands on the opposite corner.’
    • ‘One of these unbending attitudes is related to language.’
    • ‘For his admirers that clear vision was reflected in his unbending refusal to consider ‘a betrayal of the great principle for which we have been fighting for the last 30 or 40 years.’’
    aloof, formal, stiff, reserved, remote, distant, forbidding, stand-offish, strait-laced, conventional, stuffy, cool, unfeeling, unemotional, unfriendly, austere
    uncompromising, inflexible, unyielding, unfaltering, unwavering, hard-line, tough, harsh, strict, stern, severe, firm, resolute, determined, unrelenting, relentless, inexorable, intransigent, immovable
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Pronunciation:

unbending

/ʌnˈbɛndɪŋ/