Definition of unwonted in English:



  • [attributive] Unaccustomed or unusual.

    ‘there was an unwonted gaiety in her manner’
    • ‘It is 14 years since this great American choreographer's death, and after a period of unwonted chaos, the future of her company at last looms clear.’
    • ‘It was the unwanted, unwonted curiosity it raised, racing from one possibility to another instead of letting me doze off.’
    • ‘Why is it that London is in the throes of a simultaneous and quite unwonted dim sum explosion?’
    • ‘He is describing a paradigm shift, and this fact is all the more obvious for his unwonted coyness in discussing it.’
    • ‘It was a question of degree for the tribunal in each case to decide whether the change of mind is too late to recover from the unwise and unwonted words.’
    • ‘So he will miss an event which last year afforded him more, unwonted, publicity than ever before in his life.’
    • ‘Because the triplet rhythm of the song's accompaniment and the tune itself remain recognisable, one finds a path through his forest of notes with unwonted ease, and values his density all the more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sketched in 1943 during a period of exhaustion, and taken up again and finished in 1946, the picture not only reverts to the artistry of her prime but is infused with an unwonted lyricism.’
    • ‘The shock and shame I felt on reading that statement of transfer, in all its lack of human affect, took the form of an unwanted, and unwonted, sense of complicity, and then remorse, over a century after the fact.’
    • ‘The reason why I prefer the alternative advocated with unwonted vigour of expression by the doyen of living tort writers is that it gives better effect to widespread conceptions concerning the home and family.’
    • ‘He complied of course, and stood shading his haggard face in the unwonted sunlight of the great window, looking as wan and unearthly as if he had been summoned from the grave.’
    • ‘As such, these data may well acquire an unwonted historical significance if the potential ecological impact of the disease becomes a reality.’
    • ‘In other conflicts, too, Roman armies seemed to have unwonted difficulties.’
    • ‘I can say that the engineering gives the violin and piano unwonted realism and spatial presence.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the intense rivalry between France, England, and the empire, compounded by heightened religious tensions and the nervousness of Rome, lent the Scottish king unwonted diplomatic weight.’
    • ‘He followed her progress almost as much by imagination as by perception, but even through such tenuous tracking he could tell that she was moving with unwonted deliberation.’
    • ‘Despite the unwonted showers over the past week, she said, St Lucia was experiencing effects of the dry season.’
    unusual, uncommon, unaccustomed, uncustomary, unfamiliar, unprecedented, atypical, untypical, abnormal, strange, peculiar, curious, out of the way, irregular, anomalous, exceptional, extraordinary, special, remarkable, singular, rare, surprising
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