Unbeknownst is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of unbeknownst, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - (usually used with `to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of
EXAMPLES - Unbeknownst in a Sentence
- And the Fed isn't as "unbeknownst" as you may think .... in my opinion. (source)
- (And unbeknownst to all, that double-eviction night awaits on Thursday.) (source)
- 'unbeknownst' to yourself you'll awake some morning with it on your lips. (source)
- He has seen evil up close and unbeknownst to everyone else he has decided to destroy it. (source)
- But once there, we find it opens to a path to a higher ground hitherto unbeknownst to us. (source)
- And, strangely enough, it circulated for years unbeknownst to its hilariously profane star. (source)
- 'After all, sir, one of those smart lads may have got out of the College buildings unbeknownst. (source)
- And as the couple consoled one another, unbeknownst to them, the earthworm's body started to undulate. (source)
- Unless, I'm completely oblivious and the content has gotten weirder and less sexy unbeknownst to me ... (source)
- I read VC Andrews in high school instead (far more scandalous, unbeknownst to my poor, sheltering mother)! (source)
- I hate doing anything of the kind "unbeknownst" to people, so there is the exact history of my proceedings. (source)
- I began to prosper materially, but, unbeknownst to me, I was losing my soul, my inner light, in the bargain. (source)
- Premise: They're married, mayhem-addicted spies who, unbeknownst to each other, are hired to kill each other. (source)
- Actually, unbeknownst to many, when it comes to preserving people's rights to sue, Sarah Palin is a notorious flip flopper. (source)
- Just ahead of him he saw twinkling lights; fireflies just like the ones Isabella was watching; unbeknownst to our brave lad. (source)
- A big part of the problem is that, unbeknownst to most investors, equity trading has changed dramatically the past few years. (source)
- I've only once or twice tossed a trout. tossed 70lbs of venison after the basement freezer lost power in July unbeknownst to me. (source)
- I know a Japanese woman whose name unbeknownst to her happened to be the same as that of a wanted member of the Japanese "Red Army". (source)
- And that was sort of the inspiration, but somebody else at the same time, unbeknownst to you, also kind of did a Nanook of the North. (source)
- A private miracle, unbeknownst to the judges and audience, landed me in second place and a shot at competing in the World Championships. (source)
- Years later the memory of that time was activated (unbeknownst to him) and he responded to his wife as if he were a hurt, confused child. (source)
- McCain unbeknownst to Warner has indeed picked up a hot charcoal ember with his tongs, and purple with rage waits for Warner to turn back. (source)
- Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, Rhonda woke up around midnight, hearing a voice in her head saying that she needed to do some healing for me. (source)
- Hedley is desperate to have a child and quick to suggest that the teenage Ruby who, unbeknownst to him, is already pregnant become his wife. (source)
- It's about a looping session, and there is a piece of tape that somebody has of the looping session, 45 minutes, probably unbeknownst to Tallulah. (source)
- In fact, while I was visiting this boy in the hospital, completely unbeknownst to me, one of my own 7th grade students was lying nearby in a hospital bed. (source)
- January 19th, 2009 at 6: 30 pm unbeknownst to me, had moved to Illinois to work for Ron Blagojevic (this was back when Blago was a progressive rising star) (source)
- Then there was the trusted old pal from New York who, unbeknownst to Arillotta, had already fingered him for Bruno's murder, according to the FBI documents. (source)
- In spite of her helpful interference unbeknownst to Alicia, Panjabi says she truly doesn't know which way Kalinda and Alicia's strained relationship will go this season. (source)
- But this was the detestable Grattan, who'd bulled Susie unbeknownst, and had a nasty long nose, and gave himself airs-and was three parts foxed, anyway, by the look of him. (source)
- Mr. RAMSEY: Well, let's say your teenager came home from college and unbeknownst to you, in secret, has run up $50,000 in credit card debt, which they can do now in college. (source)
- "We discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was hidden in the Obamacare legislation to fund the implementation of Obamacare," she said. (source)
- Often unbeknownst to patients, some of the doctors and other providers at their in-network hospital may themselves be out of network and not under contract to a particular insurer. (source)
- While searching for the implanted nodes that will enable him to work this way, he befriends a woman (Leonor Varela) who sells their visualized memories (unbeknownst to him) on a computer network. (source)
- We've driven behind a truck filled with food that got hijacked by young men who jumped inside the trailer (unbeknownst to the driver) and emptied all the food to their friends waiting in the street. (source)
- Without any prior notification, they not stopped providing service, they instead put me on the standard pay per min plan, unbeknownst to me I kept making calls and kept losing money until this morning. (source)
- Fitzgerald, Squire Terence Malone, and the other squires of the neighborhood had many a good smoke there, and many a hearty laugh, as they said, quite "unbeknownst" to the English lady and her grand friends. (source)
- Conventional evangelism is often accused, and rightly so, of "bait and switch" tactics; think attractive social gathering or sports outing that, unbeknownst to invitees, is really designed to segue into a Gospel pitch. (source)
- With no bomb-shell of an October surprise namely a tape coming from Osama bin Laden as was done in the 2004 presidential campaign; a self-inflicted November surprise came about today when Sarah Palin took an active part in a prank phone call unbeknownst to her. (source)
- Moreover, even though the instructions explicitly stated that when unloading you should NEVER remove the child from the top seat first, I forgot this one day when in a hurry (what parent is not in a hurry?) causing one of my babies to crash backwards onto his head, his tiny toes up in the air (all unbeknownst to me). (source)
- It must have been a day or two later when I was inside the Fleet Center and randomly ran into a guy I knew who, unbeknownst to me, had moved to Illinois to work for Ron Blagojevic (this was back when Blago was a progressive rising star) and he told me that I just had to get into the arena to hear this guy Barack Obama speak. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "unbeknownst" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 9 synonyms for unbeknownst.
anonymous, concealed, mysterious, obscure, unapprehended, undiscovered, unnamed, unperceived, unrecognized
We have 4 antonyms for unbeknownst.
known, realized, recognized, understood
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of unbeknownst from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Unbeknown.
- (adverb) Without the knowledge of a specified party. Used with to: Our cousin had been ill for years, unbeknownst to the family.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adverb) without the knowledge of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Same as unbeknown.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) (usually used with `to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of
- (adverb) without someone's knowledge