un·​re·​quit·​ed | \ ˌən-ri-ˈkwī-təd How to pronounce unrequited (audio) \

Definition of unrequited

: not requited : not reciprocated or returned in kind unrequited love

Examples of unrequited in a Sentence

a song about unrequited love
Recent Examples on the Web To longtime acquaintances and observers of Mr. Mandel, 44, who early in his career promoted civility and bipartisanship, his unrequited embrace of Trumpism and divisiveness suggested there was a price on political calculation. New York Times, 1 May 2022 The Goon Squad brilliantly hewed to a narrow band of emotions, principally disappointment, regret, shame, and unrequited longing, which were well served by the crosscutting and temporal discontinuity. Mark Greif, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 The feeling of being haunted—by ghosts, real or imagined; by faded or unrequited love; in ways that spark terror, sadness or even hope—has long captured the imagination of writers, artists and musicians. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 Themes of male voyeurism, unrequited desire, violence, alienation, and retribution fill the show. Steven Litt, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2021 Yet his parents almost certainly will hear boos as well, and unrequited love for Freeman. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 Songwriter Eunsoo asks her best friend to stay with her for two weeks to help her write lyrics for a song about unrequited love. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2022 Cyrano, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, The Darkest Hour), is the latest iteration of Edmond Rostand’s classic tale of unrequited love, modest deception, and the potency of language. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2022 MoBo had plenty of love songs — most dealt with unrequited love, pining after someone and the pains of being rejected or longing from a distance. Spin Staff, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unrequited

1556, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrequited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrequited. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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