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[vurst] /vɜrst/
experienced; practiced; skilled; learned (usually followed by in):
She was well versed in Greek and Latin.
Origin of versed
1600-10; < Latin versātus busied, engaged (see versatile), with -ed2 for Latin -ātus
Related forms
unversed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unversed
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  • An uncouth creature of the forest was he, unversed in all the arts of love-making.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Only brave and simple of heart, and unversed in the ways of darkness.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • unversed in woman's wiles I flushed with pleasure at her flattering interest.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • But it was a young hawk, unversed in the way of the muskrat, which had seized him.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • She was too unversed in the ways of coquetry to see or resent the point of the remark.

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • But he was unversed in the mysterious processes of feminine emotion.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • The mandolin-player was not unversed in the psychology of the ward.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • At the beginning the inquisitors were Dominican friars, presumably good theologians but unversed in the intricacies of the law.

  • Her young spirit, unversed in irony, drank in the bitter draught of disillusion.


    Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • And then Pietro recited some Latin verses, which to Nigel, unversed in such incantations, bore no meaning.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
British Dictionary definitions for unversed


(postpositive) foll by in. thoroughly knowledgeable (about), acquainted (with), or skilled (in)
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Word Origin and History for unversed



"practiced," c.1600, from past participle of obsolete verse "to turn over" (a book, subject, etc.) in study or investigation, from Middle French verser "to turn, revolve" as in meditation, from Latin versare "to busy oneself," literally "to turn to" (see versus).

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