un·​know·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈnō-iŋ How to pronounce unknowing (audio) \

Definition of unknowing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not knowing



Definition of unknowing (Entry 2 of 2)

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unknowingly \ ˌən-​ˈnō-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce unknowing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unknowing in a Sentence

Adjective those unknowing people who think that the world is a kindly place are in for a rude awakening the poor woman has been the unknowing target of some pretty vicious gossip
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pity the unknowing curiste who confuses a resident of the city, a Vichyssois, with a supporter of Pétain’s government, a vichyste. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Cheung in 1997 watched the handover unfolding on television as an unknowing 4-year-old kindergartner enjoying steamed fish. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Was this teacher an unknowing servant of the patriarchy, as Kara Cooney would argue, or a naïve propagandist of the oil industry, as Riggs herself comes to believe? Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Obviously, Beth’s unknowing sterilization was a tragic event, a violation of bodily autonomy that nobody should go through. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 27 Dec. 2021 Their names and emails can then be used by bad actors to target them in various email schemes that can harm unknowing customers. Daniel Barber, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2021 Cybercriminals sent phishing emails to millions of users hoping an unknowing individual would open the malicious document. Jonathan Fischbein, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Perhaps no moment better exemplifies the depths of the show’s grace than when, in Season 1, a rather cruel scheme by club owner Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham), of which Ted is the unknowing patsy, reaches its apex. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 But killer Gabriel is the unknowing Madison-slash-Emily’s tumor-slash-twin. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though every James novel is a drama of knowledge, Washington Square presents us with the romance of unknowing. Anthony Domestico, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 Viewers are thrust into a space of unknowing, making their own associations. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 LeVox does just that, leaving the questions and the unknowing all in His hands. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Then, without preamble, the story cuts off, leaving us in a cloud of unknowing. Anthony Domestico, The Atlantic, 12 Sep. 2021 Many were going to perhaps use this departure as a regrouping of their own priorities, and there was just an ugly feeling of unknowing and trepidation that is still with me. Amy Shoenthal, Forbes, 29 June 2021 The film follows one group of mothers on their annual brigade to scour the migrant trail in Mexico, and immerses us in the emotional reality of their search: a fog of unknowing. The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 And it’s about being stuck and being alone and floating in mystery, confusion, or unknowing. Wolfgang Ruth, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 Even with all the shock, disappointment and living with the constant unknowing of when his hospitality spaces would open, or be closed down again, Jesse feels pretty lucky considering what so many others have gone through. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unknowing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unknowing. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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