un·​ex·​pressed ˌən-ik-ˈsprest How to pronounce unexpressed (audio)
: not expressed
an unexpressed gene
especially : not uttered in words : unspoken
unexpressed feelings/emotions
an unexpressed wish/desire
an unexpressed policy

Examples of unexpressed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latter strain, with its unexpressed wistfulness, gives the film thematic elements in common with Celine Song’s Past Lives. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023 Think of them as a compass that is pointing to an unexpressed desire. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 1 July 2023 But after a few promising, if lopsided, exchanges, Julia takes that reserve as rejection, her profound disappointment with Vance fueled in part by her unexpressed anger at her husband. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2023 Even the characters’ own thoughts go unexpressed. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 The idea has always been the same, which is to go inside the mind of someone and musicalize their unexpressed emotions — those doubts, fears and the huge surges of love all those feelings provide. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 23 Mar. 2023 Julie doesn’t say a word against the strikes or the strikers, and has a charming encounter with one of the strikers, a neighbor; her position on the flashpoints of contention go unexpressed. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2023 From Preston, a single brief, darting peck on the lips seems a transformative miracle, though MacKay never entirely hides the softer, unexpressed boy in a terminally volatile man. Guy Lodge, Variety, 21 Feb. 2023 Consciously work to release any tensions that stem from unexpressed frustrations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unexpressed was in 1561

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“Unexpressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unexpressed. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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