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unaccustomed

[uhn-uh-kuhs-tuh md]
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adjective
  1. not accustomed or habituated: to be unaccustomed to hardships.
  2. unusual; unfamiliar: A brief after-dinner speech is an unaccustomed pleasure.
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Origin of unaccustomed

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + accustomed
Related formsun·ac·cus·tomed·ness, noun

Synonyms

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2. uncommon, extraordinary, curious, peculiar, unexpected.
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  • You think of your wife, grappling with a kind of difficulty to which she is unaccustomed.

  • His voice was modulated to an unaccustomed mildness as he spoke.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He was unaccustomed to seeing her show suffering, and it embarrassed him.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • The unaccustomed action was significant; it bespoke a passionate loyalty.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • You are right in supposing that I am not unaccustomed to—an influential position.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for unaccustomed

unaccustomed

adjective
  1. (foll by to) not used (to)unaccustomed to pain
  2. not familiar; strange or unusual
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Derived Formsunaccustomedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unaccustomed

adj.

1520s, "not customary, unfamiliar," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of accustom. Meaning "not accustomed or habituated" (to) is first attested 1610s.

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