un·​bowed | \ ˌən-ˈbau̇d How to pronounce unbowed (audio) \

Definition of unbowed

1 : not bowed down
2 : not subdued bloodied but unbowed

Examples of unbowed in a Sentence

He was unbowed by failure.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet McConnell has remained unbowed, something McCarthy warned Yellen directly was a position that would not change, according to a person familiar with the call. Matt Egan, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 The same unholy trinity of realities — boastful generals, an unbowed enemy, a feeble ally — could have been observed at all points during the U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Simone Biles walked away from the Tokyo Olympics with her head unbowed and her illustrious gymnastic career cemented. NBC News, 4 Aug. 2021 But Carter remains unbowed, in this book and in his Plains retirement. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 Though her story now has an unwelcome coda, Ms. Constand appears unbowed. New York Times, 2 July 2021 The extraordinary rancor aired by China’s top diplomats in Alaska reflected a newly combative and unapologetic China, one increasingly unbowed by diplomatic pressure from American presidential administrations. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Two terms later, the NYPD and its biggest officer union, the Police Benevolent Association, are unbowed. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 29 May 2021 Hagler, bloodied but unbowed, ended it with a looping right hand that sent Hearns sprawling to the canvas. BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of unbowed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unbowed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbowed. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbowed

: not defeated or willing to admit defeat

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