Meaning of unavowed in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnəˈvaʊd/


  • Not openly or publicly declared; unstated.

    ‘an underlying, unavowed hostility’
    • ‘The difference in 1760 was one of tone rather than substance, with reluctant and grudging toleration being replaced by unavowed pride in the accessibility of the new regime to the old Tories.’
    • ‘It is implied, however, that this is never more than a pretence, a cover, behind which he conceals his unavowed determination to remain at a stage from which he could, if he chose, release himself.’
    • ‘The real, though typically unavowed, function of the sceptic's apparently naked challenges is to raise the level of the debate in just this way.’
    • ‘Even when such witnesses could be portrayed as acknowledging this inadequacy with what narratology calls ‘modal locutions’ such as ‘I seemed to hear’ or ‘I perceived,’ these, according to Knight, must be read as ‘unavowed paralepses’.’
    • ‘Its best score in other polls has been 4 percent, but pollsters say it may have higher unavowed support.’
    unstated, unexpressed, unuttered, unsaid, unmentioned, unvoiced, unarticulated, undeclared, unavowed, not spelt out, mute, silent, wordless, voiceless