Definition of unbending in US English:

unbending

adjective

  • Strict and austere in one's behavior or attitudes.

    ‘they were unbending in their demands’
    ‘his unbending iron will’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How do people develop such a ghastly attitude, such an unbending devotion to rules?’
    • ‘The Thai Monarch is probably best known, universally, for his unbending resolve to improve the lives of each and every one of his people.’
    • ‘I love shuffle and I have a fairly unbending rule that I don't look at the display and I don't fast forward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pyongyang's unbending attitude only makes it even more difficult to resolve the dispute through peaceful means.’
    • ‘Such an unbending position was his ‘obligation’ to the public.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Patnaik was an unbending man with firm convictions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How to explain this unbending sense of rectitude?’
    • ‘One of these unbending attitudes is related to language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘John Paul II will rightly be praised for his unbending opposition to communism and his support for Lech Walesa.’
    • ‘If Beijing sticks to its unbending attitude on the textbook issue, Japan and China will never be able to resolve the dispute.’
    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

/ˌənˈbendiNG//ˌənˈbɛndɪŋ/