1. Not mourned or wept for: the unwept dead.
2. Not yet shed: unwept tears.


1. not wept for or lamented
2. rare (of tears) not shed



1. not wept for; unmourned: an unwept loss.
2. not wept or shed, as tears.
References in classic literature ?
A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed; and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.
But the unwept death which, to the general lot, seemed as trivial as the summer-shed leaf, was charged with the force of destiny to certain human lives that we know of, shaping their joys and sorrows even to the end.
Many Theresas have been born who found for themselves no epic life wherein there was a constant unfolding of far-resonant action; perhaps only a life of mistakes, the offspring of a certain spiritual grandeur ill-matched with the meanness of opportunity; perhaps a tragic failure which found no sacred poet and sank unwept into oblivion.
I knew I would go down to my grave unwept, unhonored and unsung.
It was but a few days after the poor mother had gone to her lonely burying- place; and was laid, unwept and disregarded, in a vault full of strangers.
The pride and obstinacy of millers and other insignificant people, whom you pass unnoticingly on the road every day, have their tragedy too; but it is of that unwept, hidden sort that goes on from generation to generation, and leaves no record,--such tragedy, perhaps, as lies in the conflicts of young souls, hungry for joy, under a lot made suddenly hard to them, under the dreariness of a home where the morning brings no promise with it, and where the unexpectant discontent of worn and disappointed parents weighs on the children like a damp, thick air, in which all the functions of life are depressed; or such tragedy as lies in the slow or sudden death that follows on a bruised passion, though it may be a death that finds only a parish funeral.
In "Indian Graves," Roberts surveys "an exiled band / From their paternal homes apart" who "[l]ie buried in a heathen land, / Unwept, unhonoured, and unknown.
If this lady ever really existed, she has gone to an unwept grave long ago.
The Rebel dead, almost without exception, are buried promiscuously in single graves or trenches, where they lie unwept and unhonored," wrote an unidentified visitor in July 1863.
Aa It would be an epic tragedy if he allows his vision and promise of change to die a silent, and unwept death in the cynical corridors of Washington and its labyrinth of lobbies and special interests.
GIRL Our fatherless distress was left unmoaned; Your widow-dolour likewise be unwept.
Turkey's Ottoman Empire died an unwept death nearly a century ago.