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[luhvd] /lʌvd/
held in deep affection; cherished:
loved companions; much-loved friends.
Origin of loved
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300
Related forms
unloved, adjective
well-loved, adjective Unabridged
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  • His love, come so quickly, so suddenly, to her had leavened the memory of her unloved years.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • unloved, uncared for, my early years presented but few pleasures.

  • She lavished all the pent-up affection of an unloved existence on her husband.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • The child, unloved and uncared for by its selfish parents, had no bed in the house.

    Thais Anatole France
  • Grievous indeed must be the fate of the lover who is unloved.

  • Rosemary's eyes filled at the thought of Aunt Matilda, unloved and unsought.

British Dictionary definitions for unloved


not loved or cared for: feeling neglected and unloved
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unloved

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of love (v.).

He that can love unloved again,
Hath better store of love than brain
[Robert Ayton (1570-1638)]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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