View synonyms for exposed


[ ik-spohzd ]


  1. left or being without shelter or protection:

    The house stood on a windy, exposed cliff.

  2. laid open to view; unconcealed:

    an exposed king of spades.

  3. susceptible to attack; vulnerable.


/ ɪkˈspəʊzd; ɪkˈspəʊzɪdnɪs /


  1. not concealed; displayed for viewing
  2. without shelter from the elements
  3. susceptible to attack or criticism; vulnerable
  4. mountaineering (of a climb, pitch, or move) performed on a high, sheer, and unsheltered rock face

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Derived Forms

  • exposedness, noun
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Other Words From

  • ex·pos·ed·ness [ik-, spoh, -zid-nis], noun
  • half-ex·posed adjective
  • quasi-ex·posed adjective
  • self-ex·posed adjective
  • semi·ex·posed adjective
  • unex·posed adjective
  • well-ex·posed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of exposed1

First recorded in 1620–30; expose + -ed 2
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Example Sentences

In many cases, creditors can sue countries, but countries have difficulty suing back, leaving citizens even more exposed.

The attention and whispers of people who recognized her on the street were unnerving, and Schmitt increasingly felt exposed and uncomfortable with her newfound visibility.

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Agriculture is one of the industries that is most exposed and vulnerable to a shifting climate.

In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.

And Duke was a closet Nazi getting exposed by an avalanche of reporting.

He didn't want to be there exposed, unable to shift the focus when he felt like it.

Were the reserved Brits ready for the razzmatazz and exposed flesh?

My girlfriend, Barbara, came to visit me and exposed her breast through the window.

She is a model of the Brisk—the little Brisk that was sore exposed that day at Navarino.

Shopkeepers not only occupied both sides of the crowded streets, but half their wares were exposed in and over the dirty gutters.

Every human being behind that absurdly inadequate wall was exposed to constant and equal danger.

Great care is taken to turn them round daily, so that every part shall be equally exposed to sunshine.

He hesitated, and his glance fell on a collection of foreign stamps exposed in the window.