[ uhn-boud ]
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  1. not bowed or bent.

  2. not yielding or submitting, as to defeat; not subjugated: Even when their country was occupied, the people of Norway remained unbowed.

Origin of unbowed

1325–75; Middle English; see un-1 + bow1 + -ed2

Words Nearby unbowed

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How to use unbowed in a sentence

  • If the Colonel were no longer with him, still his head was bloody but unbowed—and he would fight on to the end.

    Hempfield | David Grayson
  • It is the breakdown of this regime or the rise of new and as yet unbowed adversaries that leads to the reactive use of force.

    Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
  • His brow was unwrinkled, his piercing eye undimmed, and his tall figure majestic and unbowed.

  • The Allies' heads were "bloody but unbowed," and they were still the masters of their fate.

  • He knew a poem by a man who wrote, "My head is bloody but unbowed."

    The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun

British Dictionary definitions for unbowed


/ (ʌnˈbaʊd) /

  1. not bowed or bent

  2. free or unconquered

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