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unbridled

[uhn-brahyd-ld] /ʌnˈbraɪd ld/
adjective
1.
not controlled or restrained:
unbridled enthusiasm.
2.
not fitted with a bridle.
Origin of unbridled
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English unbrydled. See un-1, bridled

unbridle

[uhn-brahyd-l] /ʌnˈbraɪd l/
verb (used with object), unbridled, unbridling.
1.
to remove the bridle from (a horse, mule, etc.).
2.
to free from restraint.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English unbridlen. See un-2, bridle (v.)
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  • He did not say a word, knowing my unbridled desire to meet danger.

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  • This explains why they may be associated in the delirium of unbridled passions.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • He had followed a false lure that his own unbridled imagination had lit.

  • What a river it was now, this unbridled Salagua which had been their moat and rampart for so many years!

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  • What a terrible ordeal to a mind so untrained—to a temper so unbridled!

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British Dictionary definitions for unbridled

unbridled

/ʌnˈbraɪdəld/
adjective
1.
with all restraints removed
2.
(of a horse, etc) wearing no bridle
Derived Forms
unbridledly, adverb
unbridledness, noun

unbridle

/ʌnˈbraɪdəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove the bridle from (a horse)
2.
to remove all controls or restraints from
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Word Origin and History for unbridled
adj.

late 14c., originally in figurative sense of "unrestrained, ungoverned," from un- (1) "not" + bridled (see bridle (v.)). Cf. Middle Dutch ongebreidelt. Literal sense of "not fitted with a bridle" (of horses) is not recorded before 1550s. The verb unbridle is attested from c.1400 in the literal sense; mid-15c. in the figurative sense.

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