• WordNet 3.6
    • adv unawares at a disadvantage "I was caught short"
    • adv unawares suddenly and unexpectedly "rain caught them unawares","sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with bittered agony because it takes them unawares"- A.Lincoln"
    • adv unawares without forethought or plan; inadvertently "came upon the diamond unawares"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Unawares Without design or preparation; suddenly; without premeditation, unexpectedly. "Mercies lighting unawares .""Lest unawares we lose
      This our high place, our sanctuary, our hill."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unawares While the person is unaware; unexpectedly; without previous knowledge or preparation; suddenly.
    • unawares Without premeditated design; inadvertently.
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.”


In literature:

Majendie was unaware how far he had become another man and she another woman.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
All the world seemed unaware that anything out of the ordinary was in progress.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
She was unaware even of the gaze of the Duke's Own, though it had fixity and absorption.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Her inquiring glance showed her that he was utterly unaware that he had spoken it.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
It differed from that strange feeling of terror which had taken him unaware the night before.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Like the thief in the night, it steals upon its victim unawares.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He was in danger and you were unaware of it.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
For I find it hard, even now, to keep them from rushing in upon you unawares, and introducing themselves.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
All unawares, the Franciscan movement had been unfaithful to its origin.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
Yet, if we had only been on our guard, we might have beaten off the storming party; but they had caught us unawares.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet

In poetry:

Did a gleam o' sunshine warm thee,
An' deceive thee?
Niver let appearance charm thee,
For believe me,
Smiles tha'll find are oft but snares,
Laid to catch thee unawares.
"To A Daisy, Found Blooming March 7th" by John Hartley
The wily serpent laid his dang'rous snares
And fatal gins, to catch me unawares:
But God his snares and gins in pieces tore,
And my sav'd soul from sure destruction bore.
"A Thanksgiving, For Relief From One's Enemies" by Rees Prichard
O pause between the sobs of cares!
O thought within all thought that is;
Trance between laughters unawares!
Thou art the form of melodies,
And thou the ecstasy of prayers.
"To The Beloved" by Alice Meynell
Let us be thankful--thankful for the prayers
Whose gracious answers were long, long delayed,
That they might fall upon us unawares,
And bless us, as in greater need, we prayed.
"Thanksgiving" by James Whitcomb Riley
Hope flowering had but strength to bear
The fruitless fruitage of despair;
Grief trod the grapes of joy for wine,
Whereof love drinking unaware
Died as one undivine
And made no sign.
"On The Downs" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Whilst yet 'tis day, whilst yet the sun is strong,
Cause me to strive and work with all my might,
In those concerns that to my peace belong;
Lest unawares I shou'd be caught by night.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard

In news:

His mother in Ireland is entirely unaware of his international reputation, as far as he can tell.
NRA tweeter was 'unaware' of Colorado shooting, spokesman says.
FOX Carolina 21NRA tweeter was 'unaware' of Colorado shooting, spokesman says.
Davis portrayed himself as unaware postgame.
MANKATO (TEC News) – A LeSueur man told Mankato police he was unaware he called 9-1-1 when they swooped in on his car last week.
You probably know most of the good things about living in Maine, but you may be unaware of one.
A statewide election is getting under way though most North Carolina voters may be unaware.
The audience remains unaware of the story I retell myself each night, opening the show and connecting to the long history of my own evolution: athlete to drug addict to sobriety.
But the system also means different organizations are sometimes unaware of information uncovered by others, a problem which the US found among American security agencies after the 9/11 attacks.
For the benefit of those who are unaware of Agenda 21, also known as Sustainable Development, it's simply because we are deliberately being kept ignorant and uninformed.
Despite Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's progressive worldview, he was unaware of the invisible borders separating neighborhood churches in the New South.
Contacted a few minutes after Denise O'Donnell publicly resigned, State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt seemed unaware of her resignation statement.
UN IPCC Chair Unaware of Warming Absence.
White House insists it was unaware of Petraeus scandal until day after election.

In science:

Nevertheless, we are unaware of a counter-example for algebras of GK dimension 3.
Simple algebras of Gelfand-Kirillov dimension two
In essence, the primary network is unaware of the presence of the secondary network.
Cognitive Networks Achieve Throughput Scaling of a Homogeneous Network
We shall quote here two sources — a survey paper , containing a rather extensive list of references, and a paper by Friedmann , where simple finitedimensional 3-Lie algebras over C were classified (she was unaware of the earlier work).
Classification of simple linearly compact n-Lie superalgebras
During a learning problem, the source’s model is fixed. A learner, unaware of the source’s model, has a Markov model of order k .
Random scattering of bits by prediction
Whereas the distribution of the sizes of the prime divisors of a random integer is a well studied sub ject — see portions of Billingsley (1999) — the authors are unaware of any published results on the pairwise Greatest Common Divisors (GCD) among a large collection of random integers.
Maximum GCD Among Pairs of Random Integers