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unrequited

[uhn-ri-kwahy-tid] /ˌʌn rɪˈkwaɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
not returned or reciprocated:
unrequited love.
2.
not avenged or retaliated:
an unrequited wrong.
3.
not repaid or satisfied.
Origin of unrequited
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; un-1 + requite + -ed2
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Examples from the Web for unrequited
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  • This sonata is a true drama of life, a story of unrequited passion.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • unrequited love is far less hard to bear when it meets with sympathy.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The despair of unrequited love was thrice intensified by jealousy.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • Why suffer, as he was suffering, all the agonies of burning, unrequited love.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • It was the most undeserved, unrequited honour of my life that he would have had it so.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for unrequited

unrequited

/ˌʌnrɪˈkwaɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
(of love, affection, etc) not reciprocated or returned
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Word Origin and History for unrequited
adj.

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of requite.

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