un·​marked | \ ˌən-ˈmärkt How to pronounce unmarked (audio) \

Definition of unmarked

: not marked: such as
a : not having an identifying mark or distinctive notation "I want five thousand dollars in unmarked singles."— Ed McBain … an unmarked storefront on Melrose Avenue.— Gerri Hirshey an unmarked grave an unmarked police car
b of a road : not having a marker giving a street name or route number … an unmarked, graveled road running parallel with the levee.American Guide Series: Louisiana
c : not noticed : unobserved To let the death of such a man go unmarked would be, for one offense, to slight ourselves.— Stanley Kauffman
d : not characterized wrote political articles unmarked by a regard for truth The Christmas season passed, unmarked by any rejoicing.— Elizabeth George Speare

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The Indian human rights commission finds 2,000 unmarked graves near the LoC. 2013: Afzal Guru hanged for his role in the 2001 attack on parliament. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A timeline of key events that shaped the unique identity of Kashmir within India," 5 Aug. 2019 Florida officials have announced plans to search the campus for more bodies hidden in unmarked graves. Ron Charles, Twin Cities, "Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ shreds confidence in the triumph of goodness," 4 Aug. 2019 Whitehead in 2014 read about the real school in the Tampa Bay Times, which at the time was covering the University of South Florida archaeology students who were exhuming a number of unmarked graves there. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Colson Whitehead, American Escape Artist," 30 July 2019 Just last month, Florida officials announced plans to search the campus for more bodies hidden in unmarked graves. Ron Charles, Houston Chronicle, "In Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys,’ an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 30 July 2019 The real Dozier school came to national — and Whitehead’s — attention in 2014, when efforts to identify an existing graveyard led to the discovery of a swath of unmarked student graves. Carolyn Kellogg, latimes.com, "Colson Whitehead on the ‘incredible evil’ of the real school that inspired ‘Nickel Boys’," 12 July 2019 Students were beaten, raped, locked in solitary confinement and, in the case of some black students at the segregated school, murdered and buried in unmarked graves. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Colson Whitehead Is One of the Finest Novelists in America," 12 July 2019 Just last month, Florida officials announced plans to search the campus for more bodies hidden in unmarked graves. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "In Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys,' an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 9 July 2019 After the massacre, the Romanovs' bodies were stripped, burned, and buried in unmarked graves. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Dramatic True Story Of Russia's Last Dynasty, The Romanovs," 5 July 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unmarked

: not having any marks or signs that show what something is

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