- not bending or curving; inflexible; rigid.
- refusing to yield or compromise; resolute.
- austere or formal; aloof.
Origin of unbending
1545–55; un-1 + bending
- to straighten from a bent form or position.
- to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax: to unbend one's mind.
- to release from tension, as a bow.
- to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
- to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
- to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending!
- to become unbent; straighten.
Origin of unbend
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Examples from the Web for unbending
Koop, a man of the far right, was standing tall and unbending.C. Everett Koop: Pioneering Surgeon General Spurred Reagan Response to AIDS
February 26, 2013
Ayalon himself told me in in October 2010 that zero-enrichment is an unbending Israeli red line.Who is Bibi preempting – Obama or Iran?
August 15, 2012
Now those positions are coming back to haunt him as Republican activists demand a candidate of unbending right-wing convictions.Why Mitt Romney Can’t Win
September 6, 2011
Washington, unbending in his role as the noblest republican of them all, administered a severe blow to imperial pride.Washington in Victory
October 10, 2008
Her struggles met only the unbending, pitiless resistance of steel.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Old Dibs smiled a sickly smile, like he was unbending to a pair of kids.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
The former should be strict, authoritative, unbending; the latter should be mild and gentle.The Teacher
He had been brought up in the most unbending school of Toryism.The Ontario High School Reader
The trees seemed rigid and unbending in the wind that caressed his face.Divinity
- rigid or inflexible
- characterized by sternness or severityan unbending rule
- to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
- informal to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
- to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
- (tr) nautical
- to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
- to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
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Word Origin and History for unbending
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