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 At all hours of the day, the beach is lined with people who are unbowed and determined to spend time on the waves. George Mccalman, SFChronicle.com, "Observed: In a year of chaos, surfers find solace and joy at Ocean Beach," 31 Oct. 2020 Throughout, however, Biden has remained unbowed, his interest in the region clear over the years, and likely to be a centerpiece of his foreign policy should he be elected. Christian Paz, The Atlantic, "Joe Biden’s Reset Would Start in Latin America," 26 Oct. 2020 Whether in journalistic photos, respectful drawings or disrespectful caricatures, her gaze was uniformly stern — as if focused on her offscreen accusers — and unbowed. Nelson George Photographs By John Edmonds, New York Times, "Angela Davis," 19 Oct. 2020 Just moments later, Pence’s job was to portray Trump as standing unbowed against the racial unrest playing out on the nation’s television screens. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Pence Urges Trump’s Re-Election With Law-and-Order Battle Cry," 29 Aug. 2020 However, this appeal to Blitz spirit, to the unbowed might of Albion, to the idea that Britain withstood the Luftwaffe—all of it is deeply unhelpful when dealing with an infectious disease. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The ‘Blitz Spirit’ Won’t Protect Britain From the Coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 And this time, Gauff was tightly focused and unbowed. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Coco Gauff Defeats Reigning Champion Naomi Osaka at Australian Open," 24 Jan. 2020 Sober-faced but unbowed, Wu Chien-ho does a fine job making the rebellious A-ho into a human being who matters, tough enough to stand a fighting chance of straightening out his life against overwhelming forces of darkness. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Sun' ('Yang Guang Pu Zhao'): Film Review | Tokyo 2019," 8 Nov. 2019 On the whole, the administrative state remains unbowed. Philip Wallach, National Review, "On Deregulation, Trump Has Achieved Little," 19 Dec. 2019

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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 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbowed

literary : not defeated or willing to admit defeat

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