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untaught

[uhn-tawt]
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verb
  1. simple past tense and past participle of unteach.
adjective
  1. not taught; not acquired by teaching; natural: untaught gentleness.
  2. not instructed or educated; naive; ignorant.

Origin of untaught

(defs 2, 3) un-1 + taught

unteach

[uhn-teech]
verb (used with object), un·taught, un·teach·ing.
  1. to cause to be forgotten or disbelieved, as by contrary teaching.
  2. to cause to forget or disbelieve something previously taught.

Origin of unteach

First recorded in 1525–35; un-2 + teach
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Examples from the Web for untaught

Historical Examples

  • It describes a man standing in his own right and working after untaught methods.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Virgins, untaught to love or to dissemble, lifted adoring eyes.

  • Thou art simple yet great; untaught thyself, thou art the teacher of all.

  • Bewick and he are alike in temper; only the one is untaught, the other perfectly taught.

  • No wonder that it should burn in the bosom of an untaught Indian.


British Dictionary definitions for untaught

untaught

adjective
  1. without training or education
  2. attained or achieved without instruction

unteach

verb -teaches, -teaching or -taught (tr) rare
  1. to cause to disbelieve (teaching)
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