un·​ac·​knowl·​edged | \ ˌən-ik-ˈnä-lijd How to pronounce unacknowledged (audio) , -ak-\

Definition of unacknowledged

: not generally recognized, accepted, or admitted : not acknowledged His involvement in the cover-up has remained unacknowledged. Her efforts should not go unacknowledged. Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.— Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Their lives were upended, their futures clouded and their pain unacknowledged as a districtwide problem was kept under wraps. David Jackson, chicagotribune.com, "Special report: Chicago Public Schools fails to protect students from rape and sexual abuse," 1 June 2018 Over the years, Evergreen, East End and many other black cemeteries across Virginia have fallen into disrepair, uncared for and unacknowledged. Washington Post, "Virginians work to breathe life into black cemeteries," 7 May 2018 Her selfless brilliance had somehow gone wholly unacknowledged. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 For decades the graves went unacknowledged: no markers, no plaques, no memorials. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Anything more intimate than that was either unacknowledged or grist for cartoons and stand-up comedians — funny at best, but more likely kind of disgusting. Alice Radosh, The Cut, "Grieving for My Sex Life After My Husband Died," 23 Feb. 2018 Incredibles 2 pines for the hope, the sense of adventure, and, ironically, the innovation that characterized the 60s, while its negative aspects go unacknowledged. Andrea Thompson, Chicago Reader, "Incredibles 2 : Who’s afraid of the superpowered woman?," 29 June 2018 These are essential — but often unacknowledged — skills for students to hone. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos goes to Switzerland and bashes U.S. public schools," 7 June 2018 The government is building hundreds or thousands of unacknowledged re-education camps to which Uighurs can be sent for any reason or for none. The Economist, "China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other," 31 May 2018

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1583, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unacknowledged

: not recognized, accepted, or admitted : not acknowledged

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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