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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Recent Examples on the Web Bears, unafraid without crowd noise, are meandering right into town. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourism-Reliant Cruise Ports Face a Tough Summer Ahead," 22 June 2020 That election gave us politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who ran on progressive issues and who are unafraid to take on fights for wealth inequality and racial justice, which their predecessors never did. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Voting In The Primaries Might Be The Only Way To Save Electoral Politics," 22 June 2020 Pete strikes me as someone who is unafraid to go anywhere with his comedy. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Judd Apatow Is Okay With Not Being Funny," 11 June 2020 James has won acclaim as an emerging artist who is unafraid to tackle difficult, necessary themes in her work. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit artist creates Malice Green mural that honors lost lives of black men and women," 14 June 2020 The crowd and police engaged in a sort of dance, with officers charging and retreating from the crowd, and demonstrators unafraid to approach the armed officers. Freep.com, "Detroit saw relative calm amid protests. When it didn’t, here’s what police did.," 13 June 2020 The loss of his father in the line of duty looms over everything, and Judd Apatow and Davidson are unafraid to depict what an emotional crutch that history has become for Scott, who uses it as an excuse for his irresponsibility. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King of Staten Island," 13 June 2020 Her heavy fines and penalties earned the EU antitrust watchdog a reputation around the world as one of the only regulators unafraid to stand up to U.S. tech giants. Natalia Drozdiak, Bloomberg.com, "Europe’s Tech Czar Says Strict Rules Will Build Public Trust in AI," 13 May 2020 In addition to their classic BASIS fronts (which come in veneer, linoleum, and painted finishes, all outfitted with signature milled-in handles), this Danish retailer turns out eye-catching options for those unafraid of a little drama. House Beautiful, "The Best Custom Fronts for Ikea Cabinets," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of unafraid

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unafraid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unafraid. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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