un·​flinch·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈflin-chiŋ How to pronounce unflinching (audio) \

Definition of unflinching

: not flinching or shrinking : steadfast, uncompromising unflinching determination

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Other Words from unflinching

unflinchingly \ ˌən-​ˈflin-​chiŋ-​lē How to pronounce unflinchingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unflinching in a Sentence

he was unflinching in his determination to see that justice was done

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In unflinching and often graphic terms, the documentary shows the obscene human impact of the one-child policy: forced sterilizations and terminations, kidnappings sanctioned by local officials, and untold numbers of newborns left to their deaths. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "In “One Child Nation,” Nanfu Wang Confronts China’s History, and Her Own," 27 Aug. 2019 This project is wide-reaching and collaborative, unflinching, and insightful. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The New York Times Launches the 1619 Project: raceAhead," 14 Aug. 2019 On a green leather sofa, Cara Delevingne lies down on her stomach, a portrait of repose with her head propped against the armrest and her eyes clear and unflinching. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Poses Nude and Gets Vulnerable for Marie Claire’s Cover Story," 13 Aug. 2019 What’s left is a demand for ideological purity and unflinching support of the president that alienates a majority of the American electorate. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Incredible Shrinking GOP," 5 Aug. 2019 Through Pam, Daniel and Flora, the National Book Award finalist is able to take a distinct, unflinching look at the country’s past and future. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "Here Are the 11 New Books You Should Read in August," 30 July 2019 Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women, which was published Tuesday, is an intimate and unflinching portrait of the landscape of female desire addressing these and other essential — and essentially complicated — questions. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "What Happens When Your Husband Refuses to Kiss You? 3 Women Get Very Real About Their Desires in New Book," 11 July 2019 But as has been the case since early in his first presidential run, Trump can count on unflinching support from a loyal base that is more than willing to take on anyone who stands in his way — whether that means Democrats or wavering Republicans. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's worst enemy as he kicks off his re-election bid may be himself," 18 June 2019 Harriet’s actions would seem to defy plausibility as well as protocol, a flaw that is offset somewhat by the unflinching authority and determination in Spencer’s gaze. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Who is ‘Luce’? Kelvin Harrison Jr. gives a compelling answer in a twisty race drama," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of unflinching

1728, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unflinching

: staying strong and determined even when things are difficult
: looking at or describing something or someone in a very direct way

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