unwished-for


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unwished′-for`

or unwished,



adj.
undesired; unwelcome.
[1610]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unwished-for - not welcomeunwished-for - not welcome; "unwelcome publicity"  
unwanted - not wanted; not needed; "tried to give away unwanted kittens"

unwished-for

adjective
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unwished-for

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Arthur Donnithorne looked flushed and excited; he had tried to make unpleasant feelings more bearable by drinking a little more wine than usual at dinner to-day, and was still enough under its flattering influence to think more lightly of this unwished-for rencontre with Adam than he would otherwise have done.
And later on I will witness a moment when her eyes threaten genuine, unwished-for tears.
Latour's primary manner of making peace in the subsequent essay is a coming-to-terms with the appropriation of his own critique of the concept of "fact" for unforeseen and unwished-for ideological positions such as climate change denial.
(Compare this to Ulysses in Hell and his unbounded hunger for knowledge.) Reading this, I reflected deeply on my own impatience and resolved to accept the unwished-for ascesis as necessary to my own inner healing.
[Examines eight French translations--"from the trailblazing [Leon] Bazagette text (1909) to the latest [Jacques] Darras volume (2002)"--of Whitman's "barbaric yawp" line from Section 52 of "Song of Myself"; concludes that "what all the versions of the line demonstrate is not only the vexed and antiquated notion of an illusory or even unwished-for 'faithfulness' to the original but the various routes that one language takes to accommodate realities--the yawp in particular--that do not exist in it."]
Battles between the Mother and the Catholic priest about an unwished-for altar tapestry.