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  1. not flinching; unshrinking: unflinching courage.
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Origin of unflinching

First recorded in 1720–30; un-1 + flinch1 + -ing2
Related formsun·flinch·ing·ly, adverb

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Related Words for unflinching

uncompromising, gritty, steadfast, fearless, unyielding, courageous, tenacious, unwavering, resolute, staunch, determined, firm, unblinking, unintimidated, relentless, undaunted

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Contemporary Examples of unflinching

Historical Examples of unflinching

  • Now I must be a man, and walk erect, unflinching, to the sacrifice.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Kirkwood turned to meet her onslaught with a mien grave, determined, unflinching.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Almamen gazed at these dread preparations with an unflinching aspect.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Rachel continued to watch him, with the same bright and unflinching gaze.

  • The captain started, peered into his captive's unflinching countenance.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

British Dictionary definitions for unflinching


  1. not shrinking from danger, difficulty, etc
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Derived Formsunflinchingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unflinching


1728, from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of flinch (v.). Related: Unflinchingly.

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