Origin of one-sided

First recorded in 1805–15
Related formsone-sid·ed·ly, adverbone-sid·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of one-sided

Historical Examples of one-sided

  • But it was a one-sided struggle and lasted only for a second or two.

  • Yet the one-sided silence lived, with the terrible tenacity of evil.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • And don't be one-sided, my dear madam; it's not considerate, it's not kind.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • I shall try to avoid falling into the error of a one-sided view.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • But the characters of men are one-sided and accept this or that aspect of the truth.



British Dictionary definitions for one-sided



considering or favouring only one side of a matter, problem, etc
having all the advantage on one side
larger or more developed on one side
having, existing on, or occurring on one side only
another term for unilateral
denoting a surface on which any two points can be joined without crossing an edgeSee Möbius strip
Derived Formsone-sidedly, adverbone-sidedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for one-sided

1833, "dealing with one side of a question or dispute," from one + side (n.). Related: One-sidedly; one-sidedness.

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