un·​afraid | \ ˌən-ə-ˈfrād How to pronounce unafraid (audio) , Southern also -ə-ˈfred\

Definition of unafraid

: not afraid or frightened : not fearful unafraid of the dark unafraid to try new things

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Beckett’s work was famously free from concerns with conventional storytelling and unafraid of silence, spare to the point of ascetic. Kathleen Rooney, New York Times, "Three Literary Critics Who Engage With Their Subjects, Unconventionally," 27 Apr. 2018 That’s lesson number one, that an artist unafraid to experiment, to change, to move on and also to return, can produce a radically diverse body of work. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "The diverse, dizzying majesty of Howardena Pindell," 25 Apr. 2018 CLAIRE Aimee Spinks Claire is a smart, strong woman, unafraid to speak her mind and comfortable in her sexuality. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "How Outlander Season 4 Is Different From Outlander, Book 4, 'Drums Of Autumn'," 29 Jan. 2019 These times demanded an approach to governing that is bold, uncompromising and unafraid. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Progressive Ousts Massachusetts Congressman, Joining Ranks of Democratic Stars," 4 Sep. 2018 Corporate users should now be unafraid to roll out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, aka Version 1803, to their fleets, according to Microsoft. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Latest Windows 10 update now deemed good enough for business users," 11 July 2018 In a sport that tends to squelch individuality, Mengden is utterly unafraid to stand out, from his handlebar mustache to his herky-jerky double-pump delivery. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, "From baseball to ballet, Mengden family is used to big stage," 26 Apr. 2018 Taylor, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1991, was unafraid of absorbing and transforming it all, without prejudice. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrating the music of piano giant Willie Pickens," 10 Apr. 2018 In the three years since releasing her celebrated 2015 debut album, Pretend, Sey has found her voice and become unafraid of using it. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Seinabo Sey Doesn't Owe You Anything," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unafraid

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unafraid

: not frightened or fearful : not afraid


un·​afraid | \ ˌən-ə-ˈfrād\

Kids Definition of unafraid

: not afraid

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a strong desire or propensity

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