un·​sur·​prised | \ ˌən-sər-ˈprīzd How to pronounce unsurprised (audio) , ˌən-sə- \

Definition of unsurprised

: not surprised She looked so complete, so unsurprised, so warmly confident.— Joyce Carol Oates I watched in pained fascination, oddly unsurprised by the spectacle …— Tom Perrotta

Examples of unsurprised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But while Rowling’s tweets are appalling and hateful, most trans people were unsurprised by them. refinery29.com, "J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Tweets Shouldn’t Be A Surprise," 8 June 2020 But some royal experts were unsurprised, such as Sally Bedell Smith, the acclaimed American biographer of the queen and Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Harry and Meghan will stop using 'royal highness' titles and repay housing expenses, palace says," 18 Jan. 2020 The security guards at the entrance seemed both unsurprised and uninterested by the procession of celebrities coming through the metal detectors, opening bags for inspection. Barbara Demick, The New Yorker, "Jane Fonda’s Climate-Change Star Power," 27 Dec. 2019 Despite the President’s tweet, Trump’s reelection campaign seemed unsurprised by the news. Alana Abramson, Time, "'Our Democracy Is at Stake.' Pelosi Orders Democrats to Draft Articles of Impeachment Against Trump," 5 Dec. 2019 Once again, color us completely and totally unsurprised. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian On How KKW Beauty Will Be Different From Kylie Cosmetics," 20 June 2017 Told that her prize money for reaching the final of women’s doubles would be roughly quadruple her haul for reaching the mixed doubles final, Melichar was unsurprised. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "To Know Mixed Doubles’ Place in Tennis, Look at the Prize Money," 13 July 2018 So once the initial shock cooled down, many policy wonks were unsurprised or even mildly relieved. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality TV Show," 24 May 2018 Why did the other employees seem so unsurprised by this? Michael Harriot, The Root, "Korean Restaurant Owner Slaps Black Female Employee Over $8.47," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsurprised

1591, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsurprised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsurprised. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsurprised

: not surprised by something because you expected it

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