unspoken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unspoken expressed without speech "a mute appeal","a silent curse","best grief is tongueless"- Emily Dickinson","the words stopped at her lips unsounded","unspoken grief","choking exasperation and wordless shame"- Thomas Wolfe"
    • adj unspoken not made explicit "the unexpressed terms of the agreement","things left unsaid","some kind of unspoken agreement","his action is clear but his reason remains unstated"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unspoken Not spoken or uttered; hence, unconfessed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unspoken un-spō′kn not spoken, unconfessed.
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Quotations

  • Lajos Kossuth
    Lajos Kossuth
    “The unspoken word never does harm.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “When you have spoken the word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken you reign over it.”

Usage

In literature:

I knew very well what unspoken wish was in her heart.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
The thread of Thought at last is broken, And knowledge brings disgust unspoken.
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It had long been Jimmy's unspoken wish to have a watch of his very own like Nate Pollard and various other boys.
"Jimmy, Lucy, and All" by Sophie May
Between Dike and his father there was a strong but unspoken feeling.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
A week of endless labour and unspoken fears.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Forgive me for the unspoken words and the kind deeds which I kept for rare days, and had so few occasions to use.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
By unspoken consent he and she had agreed that their meetings should be in the open.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
There are some words which are better unspoken, except in case of necessity, that become soiled by common use.
"Rebuilding Britain" by Alfred Hopkinson
Might one of those thousand wheels be even now bringing his enemy towards him, to force him to keep his unspoken word.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
They looked at each other, an unspoken battle going on with extreme rapidity between them, over ground intimately familiar.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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In poetry:

Full of parting and unspoken
Heartbreak, faint with agony,
Like a bird whose heart is broken,
Sadly low it cried to me.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Thus do we walk with her, and keep unbroken
The bond which nature gives,
Thinking that our remembrance, though unspoken,
May reach her where she lives.
"By The Fireside : Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
That many another hath done the same,
Though not by a sound was the silence broken;
The surest pledge of a deathless name
Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken.
"The Herons Of Elmwood. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And yet I wait, how vainly! for a token--
A sigh, a touch, a whisper from the past;
Alas, I listen for a word unspoken,
And wail for arms that have embraced their last.
"Waiting" by Frances Fuller Victor
Child of the ocean, like a fond caressing,
Let the sweet odour compass thee around,
Like an unspoken and an unseen blessing,
Like wordless song and music without sound;
"The Cradle On The Shore. On The Picture" by Samuel John Stone
I, knowing better, part with love unspoken;
And find the unknown world not all unknown.
The bonds that held me from my centre broken,
I seek my home, the Saviour's homely throne.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald

In news:

Supreme Court has been mostly unspoken campaign issue.
Is Paul Ryan fit to be president -- the unspoken question at the vice presidential debate.
Brooks and the O's: An unspoken truce.
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Barber's compositions whisper unspoken truths.
Unspoken issue in French election.
What Gov Snyder left unspoken when he endorsed Mitt Romney.
The unknown and unspoken issue of race.
The unspoken word of the Shirley Sherrod affair.
The Words Left Unspoken in the Bailout Debate.
Where Intrigue Is an Unspoken Part of the Menu.
Unspoken veneration of my mother.
I couldn't immediately put my finger on it as we spoke, but I felt there was an unspoken ingredient missing from the process by which Jim Granzotto creates his marvels in woodworking .
When you grew up in rock 'n' roll days, one of the unspoken rules is that you weren't supposed to like country music .
Henry Cole's Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad (see the Review of the Week, by Betty Carter) presented us with some very complicated questions.
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In science:

The warrant is the bridge, sometimes unspoken, that explains how the given data relates to the claim at hand.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
An unspoken warrant exists that connects his data to his claim: the particular mathematics being used should align with the physical systems under study.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
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