One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the ultimate outcome of their dispute was unknown’
undisclosed, unrevealed, undivulged, untold, unspecified, secret, mysterious, dark, hidden, concealed
undetermined, undecided, unresolved, unfixed, unestablished, unsettled, unsure
pending, unascertained, undefined, indefinite, inconclusive, in the balance, in limbo, up in the air
2‘all his instincts were warning him of the dangers in the unknown country ahead’
unexplored, uncharted, unmapped, untravelled, undiscovered, virgin
remote, exotic, outlandish
familiar, well travelled
3‘he was murdered by a person or persons unknown’
unidentified, unnamed, nameless, anonymous, undesignated, incognito, mysterious
4‘firearms were unknown to the Indians at the time of the conquest’
unfamiliar, unheard of, unprecedented, new, novel, strange, exotic
5‘unknown artists of the avant-garde’
obscure, unheard of, little known, unsung, minor, insignificant, unimportant, undistinguished, unrenowned, inconsequential, lowly, unhonoured, forgotten
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