unavowed


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unavowed

(ˌʌnəˈvaʊd)
adj
not openly admitted or acknowledged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unavowed - not openly expressedunavowed - not openly expressed; "a sneaking suspicion"
concealed - hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"
2.unavowed - not affirmed or mentioned or declaredunavowed - not affirmed or mentioned or declared
undeclared - not announced or openly acknowledged; "fighting an undeclared war"
3.unavowed - not openly made knownunavowed - not openly made known; "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride"
unacknowledged - not recognized or admitted
References in classic literature ?
There was a roomful of old books at Bly--last-century fiction, some of it, which, to the extent of a distinctly deprecated renown, but never to so much as that of a stray specimen, had reached the sequestered home and appealed to the unavowed curiosity of my youth.
Cumnor had a theory that she had been a governess in some family in which the poet visited and that, in consequence of her position, there was from the first something unavowed, or rather something positively clandestine, in their relations.
On the one hand, Sade multiplies in number and detail the perversities put on display before the reader, exploding the imaginable perspectives on sex into a profusion of shards; on the other hand, he conjures a selectivity and singular focus that the reader's own hidden and perhaps unavowed passion must supply.
A reconstruction of Europe based on the idea, whether avowed or unavowed, of re-acquiring as extensive a sovereignty as possible, or on a revisionist activity, could in no sense be a genuine reconstruction, but merely the dangerous restoration of a period which belongs to the past".
The Speaker found that the response did not attribute unavowed or false motives to Mr.
If John Ciardi's statement possibly disguises a certain smugness when he claims: 'I think, too, I should acknowledge a debt of borrowed courage to all other translators of Dante; without their failures I should never have attempted my own' (Ciardi, 1954: xi), Louis Biancolli, a writer and music critic who translated the Divine Comedy into blank verse in 1966, seems more at ease with the collaborative nature of this type of effort: To some degree, avowed or unavowed, all Dante translation--perhaps all translation of much-translated classics--is co-operative.
The scene gestures toward Fergus's hitherto unavowed same-sex attraction for Jody.
The loss of truth is not an unavowed loss of the kind which promotes a melancholic subjectivity; we are well-versed in this postmodern condition, and it is often playful, polemical and a fact of these narratives.
It is simply--usually--an unavowed collaboration, for purposes that may not bear examination by moral or legal standards.
For the next six months Rosie struggled alone with the sense of guilt and confusion generated by the family's implicit, unvoiced, unavowed and denied reproaches.
Moreover, no country in the world has the desire, even unavowed, to invade the United States.
(17.) For a similar act of unavowed castration see Stephen Heath's 'Joan Riviere and the Masquerade', in Formations of Fantasy.