un·​healed | \ˌən-ˈhēld \

Definition of unhealed 

: not healed an unhealed wound unhealed bitterness

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Will's effervescent, charming girlfriend with an unhealed trauma in her not-so-distant past has been sucked into a cult. refinery29.com, "R.O. Kwon's The Incendiaries Gives A Glimpse Into A Cult's Magnetic Pull," 6 July 2018 In the middle of this bid for connection is a beautifully raw account of the physical toll of unhealed trauma. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "On Junot Díaz’s ‘The Silence’ and Our Uncomfortable Reckoning," 24 Apr. 2018 Yet in America, 154 years after the end of the Civil War, each succeeding generation of Americans seems to inherit from its parents the toxicity of an unhealed relationship between blacks and whites. Marianne Williamson, Washington Post, "Why we need both a national apology and reparations to heal the wounds of racism," 4 Apr. 2018 Her dramas are sites of living history, too, where personal stories of racism’s unhealed wounds mingle with dark tales thieved from the Brothers Grimm and 1940s Hollywood. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Adrienne Kennedy, Playwright: Still Quiet, Still Bold, Still Furious," 10 Jan. 2018 If left unhealed, the widening political divide would be a major blow to a nation that has been a key security partner to Western countries and had been seen as East Africa’s most stable democracy. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Kenyatta sweeps Kenya’s presidential vote as opposition warns of ‘resistance’," 27 Oct. 2017 No Spanish writer has probed the unhealed wounds of the country’s history with more subtlety and rigour than Mr Cercas. The Economist, "Fake manJavier Cercas probes Spain’s convoluted history," 2 Nov. 2017 But trillions of dollars have been spent, while the African–American wound remains unhealed. Joshua Mitchell, National Review, "The Identity-Politics Death Grip," 26 Oct. 2017 His disappearance illustrates how the unhealed wounds of Nigeria’s brutal civil war have been reopened in recent years. The Economist, "Nigeria’s old woundsBiafran separatists are gaining support, 50 years after the civil war," 26 Oct. 2017

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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un·​healed | \ˌən-ˈhēld \

Medical Definition of unhealed 

: not healed unhealed wounds

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