One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The quality of not being known or recognized.‘the relative unfamiliarity of the Scandinavian songs’‘a word can excite by its very unfamiliarity’
- ‘Many students seemed bothered by the unfamiliarity of the names and their inability to pronounce them.’
- ‘The recording balances warmth and brilliance, and the booklet notes are helpful, given the unfamiliarity of the music.’
- ‘One problem is simply the unfamiliarity of the terrain.’
- ‘Due to the oil's unfamiliarity, it has an unpleasant taste to them.’
- ‘The time lost increased with the complexity and the unfamiliarity of the tasks.’
2unfamiliarity withLack of knowledge or experience of something.‘her unfamiliarity with the area results in her getting lost’‘counterfeiters exploited people's unfamiliarity with the currency’
- ‘Even when armed, the militia showed an unfamiliarity with guns.’
- ‘The crudeness in construction may be attributed to the mason's unfamiliarity with the new material.’
- ‘Unfamiliarity with the disease is a big problem there.’
- ‘Their obvious unfamiliarity with the animals made her irritable.’
- ‘Unfamiliarity with the technology led some people to bury the devices in their tote bags.’
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