Definition of unknowing in English:

unknowing

adjective

  • Not knowing or aware.

    ‘the lions moved stealthily towards their unknowing victims’
    • ‘Here we have the heart of the fallacy, or rather an unknowing dissection of the fallacy by one of its authors.’
    • ‘The goal is to cause the unknowing victim to lose his teeth as if the result of natural causes.’
    • ‘For the unknowing reader, where is Chaco in comparison to Aztec in comparison to Paquimé?’
    • ‘May I commend you brother, for the unspeakable truths you have revealed to the average unknowing Canadian.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it is difficult to know exactly how widespread the problem is because many infected bottles are consumed by unknowing drinkers who blame the off taste on the wine itself.’
    • ‘A problem that any composition teacher will be aware of is unknowing imitation.’
    • ‘Some of the most successful moments of the project therefore were the spontaneous reactions and participation from the unknowing public, and the happenings that characterise this particular city block.’
    • ‘Faced with this depressing reality, a resentment is born and carefully nourished against the unknowing spouse for his failure to make frequent declarations of his appreciation and regard.’
    • ‘At the centre of the plot is Rosalind who, dressed as a young man, teaches her unknowing suitor Orlando the surest way to win a woman's heart.’
    • ‘And at the same time it doesn't tell us much about Herb Alpert except that his Tijuana Brass were the kind of slick studio boys who could play behind anything - even in their virtual, unknowing sleep!’
    • ‘I don't think I look pregnant to the unknowing eye (like I've always had this little paunch), but to those who do know it's there, it's really there.’
    • ‘To the unknowing bystander it must have looked as if we were 3 youths who had robbed the car and were on a malicious ‘joyride’ around town bent on defacing it as if we were in a Demolition Derby.’
    • ‘Even worse for many family members is the feeling that they acted as unknowing accomplices to the U.S. government.’
    • ‘Others ask whether it is not already happening again, before our unknowing eyes because we do not yet know the right questions to ask.’
    • ‘To the unknowing wanderer, the setup could easily pass as a record store, complete with listening stations, loads of records, CDs and merchandise.’
    • ‘The thought of our two innocent, unknowing birds having their wings clipped and being put behind a high fence was disturbing.’
    • ‘But the tactic can expose individuals who may be unknowing accomplices, as an Irish woman discovered 15 years ago.’
    • ‘The play concerns the unknowing inheritance of a fatal sexually transmitted disease by the artist son of an outwardly respectable father, who has died by the time the play begins.’
    • ‘When he first went to Munster he was considered a journeyman by unknowing supporters, but he has become infinitely more than that.’
    • ‘Pursued across the continent by her domineering mother and agent, she hitches a ride with an unknowing gang of holidaymakers.’
    fortuitous, chance, occurring by accident, occurring by chance, adventitious, fluky, coincidental, casual, serendipitous, random, aleatory
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noun

mass nounliterary
  • Lack of awareness or knowledge.

    • ‘Situatedness promises knowledge but in practice leaves us in a cloud of unknowing about our place in the world.’
    • ‘As was the case with Socrates, philosophy has sought to peel itself away from sophism by admitting to its ignorance, as if unknowing were a pathos to be confessed.’
    • ‘I don't know what we're going to do or when we're going to do it, but at least I'm not lost in what the Trunk called the ‘great cloud of unknowing.’’
    • ‘Grace is gradually revealed in the midst of unknowing.’
    • ‘It's a picture of all-knowing Newton, the defining scientific mind of world history, staring into the abyss of unknowing.’

Pronunciation

unknowing

/ʌnˈnəʊɪŋ/